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Pioneer AVH-291BT

DVD receiver

Item # 130291BT

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Item # 130291BT

About the Pioneer AVH-291BT

Bluetooth® makes your drive time better

I can't remember how I ever got by without Bluetooth in my car. I love answering calls with the touch of a button, and I also enjoy easy wireless access to the media on my smartphone — it's great for catching up to my favorite podcasts, news, or streaming playlists. Pioneer's AVH-291BT DVD receiver will do all this in your vehicle, while it gives you a user-friendly 6.2” touchscreen to access all your entertainment and a lot more. 

Bluetooth® makes your drive time better

I can't remember how I ever got by without Bluetooth in my car. I love answering calls with the touch of a button, and I also enjoy easy wireless access to the media on my smartphone — it's great for catching up to my favorite podcasts, news, or streaming playlists. Pioneer's AVH-291BT DVD receiver will do all this in your vehicle, while it gives you a user-friendly 6.2” touchscreen to access all your entertainment and a lot more. 

Pioneer AVH-291BT

The AVH-291BT has easy-to-use touchscreen controls.

Keep your tunes on tap

If you enjoy your music from other sources, this receiver covers the bases with CD and DVD playback, an aux input, and iPod® and iPhone® control via USB. 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. Add a rear-view camera and you'll get a better view in crowded parking lots or pulling out of the garage.

Sound quality you'll love

The AVH-291BT rocks out with a powerful amplifier, with a 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.


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 display colors and blue key color
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (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
    • 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:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AVH-291BT

    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)
    • Tag Removal note

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    Features & specs

    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
    Alexa Voice Control
    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 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    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
    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
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
    The Pioneer AVH-291BT replaces these items:

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

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The AVH-291BT features a 6.2" clear resistive LCD touchscreen with a display resolution of 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The clear resistive touchscreen is designed to enhance the visibility of on-screen graphics and images, making them appear clear and crisp. The LCD touchscreen allows you to control this unit and a connected component, such as an iPod/iPhone, a USB mass storage class device, or Bluetooth source. 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-291BT'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-291BT receiver supports Pioneer's IR remotes (sold separately) and is steering wheel remote compatible (adapter required).

    • Optional Wireless Remote: The AVH-291BT 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).

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-291BT 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-291BT.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-291BT 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, but only one device can be used at a time.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The AVH-291BT 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-291BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The AVH-291BT 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.

    • Answer A Call: During an incoming call, the head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call.
    • Make A Call: Using the AVH-291BT, 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: The Pioneer AVH-291BT 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. 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.

    • Advanced Music Navigation: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the AVH-291BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Direct Connect: The Pioneer AVH-291BT supports direct connection of your Lightning or 30-pin connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port. The AVH-291BT offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple iPod/iPhone models. You will need a Lightning-to-USB or dock-to-USB cable to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone device.

    • Control: 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. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • Song/Artist Info: In addition, the head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, and Artist name.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your App device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
    Note: During connection, older iPod/iPhone device's will be locked, but newer 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 AVH-291BT supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 2/16/2017):

    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
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N 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 N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N 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-291BT 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-291BT.

    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 a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Pioneer AVH-291BT. 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 Android devices or USB hubs.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-291BT 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
    bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 8-8kHz
    WAV: bit depth of 8/16-bits; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Video MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4: maximum resolution of 720 pixels x 480 pixels (30fps)
    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)
    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 disc and USB, the Pioneer AVH-291BT is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The Pioneer AVH-291BT 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-291BT 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-291BT 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-291BT 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: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor, such as rear headrest or overhead monitor (sold separately). The video output can display a DVD, USB, or AV-input video signal when its selected as the receiver's source, regardless if the vehicle's parking brake is engaged or not.

    Rear-View Camera: The AVH-291BT 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 1.5 seconds.

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    22 questions already asked

    What is the purpose of the rca/video cables in the back? Is it to hook a screen to on the back of the seat?
    [ Levi  Dec 13, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor, such as rear headrest or overhead monitor. Hope that helps! :)
    [ Larry  Dec 18, 2017 ]  Staff
    At what volume does this head unit start distorting?
    [ Ricardo  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    I have had it up to 24 and no distortion. I haven't tried to find out it's full capabilities yet. Powerful unit.
    [ Michael G.  Dec 11, 2017 ]
    It really depends on your system. In my car, a 2010 Subaru forester with factory speakers, it begins to distort around level 40
    [ Sandra  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    How does it look in sun light?
    [ David  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    5 answers
    It's not bad. If your headlights are on, the brightness will dim. I've had to turn off my headlights so the screen brightens up to see the radio in real strong sunlight. Otherwise I've been very pleased with it.
    [ Mgk  Dec 11, 2017 ]
    I haven't installed it yet it's xmas present
    [ JOHN  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    The glass is glare resistant so it looks perfectly fine in sunlight. Have had it for almost a year and never had a problem seeing the controls.
    [ Adam  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    I don't have any issues seeing the screen in any conditions but I don't try to watch movies on it regularly. I do really like the sound quality and the Bluetooth functionality is really great - better than most factory radios.
    [ Frederick  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    Screen is very clean and sunlight doesnt effect it. Buttons and screen are laid out perfect
    [ keith411  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    will this radio work the factory sub if ur vehicle is equipped with one?
    [ robert  Dec 04, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Hi Robert, Unfortunately I can't answer that. I put mine in a 2005 Silverado w/ the Bose and it did not have a factory sub. The unit does have preouts and the remote wire, but I am unsure exactly what your vehicle has to tie back to it. I would expect the guys at Crutchfield would know for sure. On a different note, this has been a very good head unit for me so far. Good luck! Tom
    [ Tom  Dec 04, 2017 ]
    will this unit display my phones gps maps for navigation?
    [ Cyndi  Nov 25, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    No does not display GPS maps from Bluetooth connected phone. It does play the audio voice directions from the Bluetooth connected GPS app.
    [ Frederick  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    I do not believe this is an available feature. I use maps on my phone every day to check for traffic and have never gotten the maps to display on the head unit screen. I have heard some units do this, but this model does not.
    [ Andrew  Nov 27, 2017 ]
    will this unit display my phones gps maps for navigation?
    [ Cyndi  Nov 25, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    Does not have gps on the unit
    [ Justin  Nov 29, 2017 ]
    [ Denis  Nov 29, 2017 ]
    I don't think the unit will display the navigation on the screen, you will only hear the phones audio if it is connected through Bluetooth.
    [ Colton  Nov 29, 2017 ]
    Does this unit play spotify?
    [ Burn-z  Nov 11, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    The stereo does not provide the ability to display and control the Spotify app. You can still listen to Spotify but you'll need to control and display the service from your smartphone screen.
    [ Ryan  Nov 15, 2017 ]  Staff
    Can this unit be wired or configured to switch to video when the car is shifted to reverse?
    [ Mad Dog  Sep 24, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    does it automaticlly when it sences a video signal from the rear camera
    [ James  Sep 24, 2017 ]
    Yes it comes with the necessary wiring to do that
    [ Colin  Sep 24, 2017 ]
    How many clicks to access audio controls, like the bass or bass boost? I'm looking for as few as possible, thanks.
    [ Robert  Aug 18, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    while the display is showing the song currently playing, theres an "EQ" icon in the upper right of the screen, tap there and your EQ presets are one tap away and you can tap any of the individual channels for direct control of it. Easy and Quick to access!
    [ Andrew  Nov 27, 2017 ]
    I think it only took a couple of clicks to access the screen controlling the base. There were several pre-set choices and a custom equalizer. I no longer have the Pioneer. I upgraded to a Kenwood.
    [ STEVE  Aug 29, 2017 ]
    Will this work with android phones or is it specifically for iPhones ?
    [ Glen  Jul 15, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    As long as it's has Bluetooth
    [ Kenneth  Jul 18, 2017 ]
    I have an iPhone but was under the impression that it is compatible with android as well. Really, any bluetooth enabled media streaming device "should" work with this unit, but I would recommend reading a little more about it in case its functionality is more limited with some devices over others. Bottom line, fully read and understand everything you can about a product before buying it, otherwise you risk being unsatisfied and may not get your full dollar back upon returning it or selling it privately.
    [ Andrew  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    It works for android as well
    [ Mark  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    Wen scrolling through MP3's is there any lag reading the files? My current radio takes awhile to read the songs. Also, does it keep your place after playing an mp3? My current radio goes back to the very beginning of the folder of MP3's after you play a song and does not keep you in place. so if you are in the "m" part of the folder, after you play a song and go back to search, it takes you all the way back to the "a" part of the MP3's.
    [ Eric  Jul 02, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    only tried this once and its very quick reading a USB 3.0 (that's just what i had at the time). Personally, I don't like the interface for this because I had over 2k songs on the USB, so despite it being a quick screen-to-screen interaction, if i wanted a song close to the middle of my list, it took a lot of taps on the screen to get there.To my recollection, the menu does not divert back to to top when changing directories(folders).
    [ Andrew  Nov 27, 2017 ]
    I haven't used the MP3 function on my Pioneer. Sorry I can't answer that question.
    [ STEVE  Jul 05, 2017 ]
    It starts where you left off
    [ Neil  Jul 04, 2017 ]
    If playing music from an iPhone over Bluetooth, will this head unit show the album artwork?
    [ Douglas  Jun 29, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    I only use Spotify on my iPhone 7Plus, so I'll explain my experience. Using Bluetooth, the album artwork displays perfectly with each song and you can easily change songs back and forth. with the Lightning cable plugged into the USB port, the unit defaults to "iPod" mode which will not display the album artwork nor do the controls work for changing songs back or forth. the phone still allows all these changes, but you have to interact with it instead of the unit or the steering wheel controls (if applicable).
    [ Andrew  Nov 27, 2017 ]
    If your streaming from like Apple Music it will or if you have the album artwork on your personal music but if you downloaded from any other source it might not.
    [ Brandon  Jul 01, 2017 ]
    When you shift to "reverse" how can you make it so it automatically goes to the rear view camera?
    [ Anthony  May 01, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the connections 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, or try our online support center:
    [ Kenny  May 01, 2017 ]  Staff
    Can the DVD play while driving?
    [ JasonK  Apr 19, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Not legally. It's a distraction hazard. But you really should not be watching while driving. You may kill someone.
    [ Kevin  Apr 20, 2017 ]
    where is the aux input located?
    [ Rebekah  Apr 16, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. The Aux input is on the back of the unit. Check out the pictures on the website. You can zoom in on the connections. If you have further questions I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer any questions you may have.
    [ Kenny  Apr 17, 2017 ]  Staff
    Will this accept any backup camera that uses a video input RCA jack?
    [ Mike T  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    Yes, any camera that has the yellow video RCA will work.
    [ Daniel  Jan 27, 2017 ]
    Yes that is how it connects
    [ Colin  Jan 27, 2017 ]
    yes it does
    [ James  Jan 27, 2017 ]
    Can I use my steering wheel controls with this unit?
    [ Jamie  Nov 24, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Kenny  Nov 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    What is the difference between this unit and the AVH-290BT?
    [ A  Nov 18, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Nov 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    Will this headunit work with a backup camera?
    [ robert  Nov 12, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. Yes it will. I have attached the section from the product page "Details" tab, the information is at the bottom of the page. Hope this helps. Rear-View Camera: The AVH-291BT 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.
    [ Kenny  Nov 16, 2016 ]  Staff
    Is the face detachable?
    [ Bryan  Nov 10, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    The Pioneer AVH-291BT does not feature a detachable face or front panel. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Nov 11, 2016 ]  Staff
    Can I buy a remote control to go with this head unit?
    [ Jabari  Nov 02, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    Thanks for your question. Yes a remote is available. On the product page for the receiver click on the "Accessories" tab and you will see a section for remote controls. This one is currently in stock: Hope that helps.
    [ Kenny  Nov 02, 2016 ]  Staff

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