Touchscreen & Remote Control
Disc & USB Playback
Audio & Tuner Section
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
- 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
- Optional Wireless Remote: The AVH-280BT is compatible with
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
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.
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
- 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
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 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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 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
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.