6.95" TFT LCD Touchscreen Color Display: The Pioneer
AVH-P8400BH features a 6.95" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen
display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 x RGB, for a total of
1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a
paired Bluetooth device, or a connected component such as an iPod/iPhone,
Satellite radio receiver, or USB Flash memory. Menus appear on screen for making
function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.
Motorized Display: The unit's touchscreen display is
motorized. The 6.95" touchscreen display electronically slides down to load and
eject your DVD/CD discs. The angle of the motorized touchscreen display can also
be adjusted to five different positions to meet your viewing needs in the car.
Detachable Face Plate:The unit's 6.95" touchscreen display is detachable to deter theft. A
soft cloth carrying pouch is included to protect the touchscreen display when
Multilingual Display: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH offers
English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish text.
Video Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for
each source and the optional rear view camera; including brightness (adjusts the
black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation),
temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).
Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following
widescreen modes when playing back video:
- Full: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal
direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions.
- Zoom: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion
both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen.
- Normal: A 4:3 picture is displayed as it is.
On Screen Display Color & Background Adjustment: The color
of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The
background can be set to one of four preset still images, a preset movie image,
a stored JPEG image, a video image from the external input, the clock, or turned
Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to
the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the
bottom edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to
red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color
spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior
lighting (112 colors to choose from).
Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at
night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned
on. You can turn the dimmer on or off. The automatic dimmer function only works
when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to
the vehicle's headlight circuit.
Parking Brake Interlock: 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 parked with the parking brake engaged. The
head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake
Note: 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.
2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH has a 2-DIN
chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), 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. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH's built-in HD Radio tuner
lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD
Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD
Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like
sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of
all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. HD Radio is the system for digital AM
and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to
HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area. The unit's tuner
also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with
HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs
(HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio
broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to
compatible analog or HD AM/FM stations.
iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct
connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in
iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the
songs you want from the iTunes Music Store.
Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID 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.
Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception
condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of
the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches
between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function
is 'Off', reception will be conducted within an analog broadcast.
BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory)
function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD 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.
XM Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect and control
Pioneer's GEX-P920XM XM tuner (130P920XM,
sold separately). A subscription to XM, plus the proper antenna is required in
order to receive satellite radio programming.
Multimedia Compatibility: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH features a
hidden disc slot and SD-card slot, as well as two rear-panel USB type-A 2.0
full-speed ports (a 5' USB extension cable is provided). The disc slot and
SD-card slot is located behind the head unit's motorized slide-down touchscreen
panel. The head unit offers the following media compatibility.
|Media Type ||CD-R-RW||DVD-R/-RW/-R DL||USB Storage Device||SD/SDHC Memory Card (up to 16GB)|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2,|
Romeo, and Joliet
|ISO9660 Level 1 or 2,
Romeo, Joliet, and UDF 1.02||
|Playable File Types||MP3, WMA,
AAC, DivX||MP3, WMA,
AAC, WAV, WMV, H.264, MPEG-4|
|Maximum # of Folders||700||3,000|
|Maximum # of Files||999||3,500||15,000|
playback time of audio files stored in an external storage device
(USB/SD) is 7.5 hours or 450 minutes|
Compressed Audio Playback: The AVH-P8400BH supports playback
of MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files stored on CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs, as well
as USB devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.
|Audio Format||MP3||WMA||WAV (USB/SD only)||AAC|
|Bit Rate||8-320 kbps
(CBR), VBR||5-320 kbps
(CBR), VBR||LPCM: 8
and 16 bits|
MS ADPCM: 4 bits
|Sampling Frequency||16-48 kHz
(32/44.1/48kHz for emphasis)||8-48 kHz||LPCM:
IMA-ADPCM: 22.05 and 44.1 kHz
ver. 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3||WMA tag||N/A||AAC tag|
Compressed Video Playback: The Pioneer
AVH-P8400BH supports the following video files recorded onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW,
and DVD+R/RW discs; as well as a USB storage device or a SD/SDHC memory card.
|Video Format||MPEG4||H.264||DivX||WMV (USB/SD only)|
(Home Theater Ver. 4.xx, 5.xx, 6.xx)||.wmv|
|Compatible Audio Codec||AAC||AAC||MP2, MP3,
|Maximum Resolution/Frame Rate||720 x 1280 (30 fps)||720 x 1280
(30fps)||720 x 576
(25fps), 720 x 480 pixels (30fps)||720 x 1280
|Max Bit Rate||8,000 kbps|
Note: Video can only be viewed when the vehicle's
parking brake is engaged.
JPEG Still Images:
The AVH-P8400BH also supports playback of JPEG still images
stored on a SD/SDHC memory card or USB device. You can
import still images from your SD/SDHC memory card or USB
memory device to the unit's built-in flash-memory and create
a custom splash screen for the head unit.
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Maximum Image Size||4092 x
4092 pixels or smaller|
|Maximum Data Size||8MB|
Note: JPEG files are not supported on CD-R/RW,
DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs. Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's
parking brake is engaged.
The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH offers the following playback
- Automatic Playback: When a DVD disc with DVD menu is
inserted, this unit will cancel the DVD menu automatically and start
playback from the first chapter of the first title.
- Bookmark (Resume Playback): The Bookmark function lets
you resume playback from a selected scene the next time the disc is loaded.
- Frame-By-Frame Playback: This feature lets you movie
ahead on frame at a time during playback of your DVD or Video CD.
- Slow Motion Forward: When playing a DVD or Video CD,
you can choose to play back video in slow motion (no audio).
- Repeat Play: Audio/Video content can be repeated. You
can choose from Disc (entire disc), Folder (current folder) Chapter (current
chapter), Title (current title), Track (current track), File (current file),
Folder (current folder), or One (current video/song/track).
- Random (Shuffle) Play: Audio/Video can be played back
in a random order. You can choose from Songs (videos/songs in selected
list), Albums (videos/songs from selected album), Folder (songs/tracks in
selected folder), or Disc (all songs/tracks on disc).
Search Functions: The AVH-P8400BH provides the following
- Track Title List: You can select tracks to playback
using the track title list which is a list of the tracks recorded on a disc
or USB/SD memory device.
- Scene Search: You can use the search function on the
unit's on-screen display to search for a desired scene on your DVD by
specifying a title and chapter track.
- Return to Scene: You can return to the specified scene
where the DVD you are currently playing has been preprogrammed to return.
- Skip Search: You can skip to the previous/next track,
file, folder, title, or chapter on a disc or USB/SD device.
- Fast Forward/Reverse: You can fast forward/reverse
through a current track, file, or title on a disc or USB/SD device.
MIXTRAX: MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that
creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of
DJ-inspired effects. Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for
music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in
the car. MIXTRAX takes the music from an iPod, iPhone, or USB device and plays
it back with added transitions and effects, creating a virtual DJ inside the
AVH-P8400BH. MIXTRAX works by first having the MIXTRAX PC software automatically
analyze a track's BPM, bar, beat position, vocal position and mood, then adds
the analyzed data to the music file. The AVH-P8400BH reads the embedded MIXTRAX
data from your audio device as you enjoy precise, full featured non-stop mixes
in your vehicle complete with album art that dances to the beat. You can also
experience MIXTRAX as an app for the iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch (4th Gen) and
using Advanced App Mode to control the MIXTRAX app through the receiver's
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-P8400BH.
Off Insert/Eject: A disc can be inserted or ejected with the
power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback. When you eject a disc, the unit will
automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).
Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is
obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the
purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be
downloaded from the Pioneer website onto a SD card, or a preloaded SD card can
be shipped to you from Pioneer.
iPod/iPhone Connection: The Pioneer multimedia head
unit supports both audio/video & app playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone.
Select the appropriate cable for your model Apple device and media content.
- Audio Only: Using Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable
sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your
iPod/iPhone, you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and Pandora
Internet Radio on your iPod or iPhone through the Pioneer A/V head unit. If
you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; you will
need the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable (sold separately) and the Apple
Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P,
sold separately) to connect the Apple device to the Pioneer head unit. The
head unit does not support direct connection of the Lightning-connector
cable that comes with the iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or
- Audio/Video: Using the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod/iPhone
connector cable (130IU201V,
sold separately) you can enjoy audio playback, plus video playback of
movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on your
iPod/iPhone; as well as music or video based apps streamed to your iPhone.
Not compatible with iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5.
- Audio/Video + Apps: The Pioneer CD-IU201S iPhone/App
sold separately) not only provides audio/video playback, but also allows you
to launch the Advance App Mode on your iPhone 4/4S, for playback of advance
applications (such as navigation and internet radio) on the Pioneer
AVH-P8400BH. You can also connect your iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) to access
audio/video files and Advance App Mode using Pioneer's
CD-IV202AV cable kit, an
Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and
Apple Lighting-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately); also requires your
iPhone 5 be paired via Bluetooth and aFirmware updatefrom Pioneer's website.
Note: Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in
park with the parking brake engaged.
iPod/iPhone Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH lets you
control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen or from the
iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel.
- Head Unit: From the head unit, you can search your
iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video,
Video Podcast, TV Show, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre,
Composer, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be
locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category
alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search,
which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song.
Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently
playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list
of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random &
Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
- Passenger Control: The Passenger Control mode allows
you to navigate stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's
clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your
App Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH supports the playback
of streamed apps from select iPhones. You can select between the basic App mode
or the Advanced App mode.
- App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite
music apps, such as
Slacker from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Pioneer head unit
and your vehicle's speakers (see above "Audio Only" section for required
cable). You can also watch video on the Pioneer A/V receiver's touchscreen
from streaming movie apps, such as
Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+);
CD-IU201V cable (sold separately). Not all apps will be compatible with
App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control
over the app. Available controls may include; Play/Pause & Skip
Previous/Next. The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the
vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged.
- Advanced App Mode: Using the Pioneer
iPhone/App cable (sold separately) to connect the AVH-P8400BH to your iPhone
4/4S (iOS 4.2+) loaded with Pioneer's free
AppRadio application from iTunes, you can enjoy full on-screen access
and control of your calendar, maps, and more with an intuitive interface,
formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. The same
can be done with the iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+) using Pioneer's
CD-IV202AV cable kit, an
Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and
Apple Lightning-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately). Pioneer has teamed
up with app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most
popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of
compatible apps for future use that can be easily & seamlessly added. The
AppRadio app must be first launched from your iPhone, and the compatible app
selected from the iPhone. You can then operate the app from the Pioneer head
unit. Popular apps include:
- MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: The
MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone
4/4S (not compatible w/ iPhone 5). There is a $2.99 per month subscription
fee with an additional $19.99 per year for Voice Guidance feature.
MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and
optimized for the iPhone, that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio.
MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides
turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using
industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an
advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive
iPhone application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone
with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing
in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio
system or use other applications from the iPhone. The 2D/3D navigation map
will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the
MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone.
- INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly
accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel
Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality
data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The
INRIX Traffic app ($24.95 per month) provides real-time traffic
information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates,
arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed
on the Pioneer head unit, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
- Extra Mile: All-in-one app for convenient voice
navigation gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and
- DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer
sensors of the iPhone, the
DashCommand app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving
statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port
(optional OBD-II interface sold separately from
Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and
analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual
dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges,
indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the Pioneer head
unit's screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the
app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
- Rdio: Get access and control the iTunes
Rdio app (from $4.99 per month). Rdio is a new social music service on
the web for the iPhone. Rdio give you access to over 8 million songs. You
are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening
immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can
also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look
at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your
own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend
music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will
display Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art.
- Livio Radio: The
Livio Radio app ($4.99) lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and
Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has
been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls
right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.
- AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO!
Personal Radio is a free online music radio station that lets you stream
your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone. With more than
120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite
music by artists, songs or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner." Users can also choose to
"love" or "ban" songs directly from the Pioneer head unit's screen, enabling
the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
- StreamS HiFi: The
StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) provides access to more than 4,000 live
Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in
AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening.
- MIXTRAX: Pioneer's proprietary
app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom
playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
Note: As the library of Advance App compatible
applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's
AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page
within the App Store. Visit the
Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps.
Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH using your connected
Apple iPhone, via the proprietary Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately)
or the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you
must have an Apple iPhone (iOS.3.0+) with the latest version of the
Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will
need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE,
or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer
AVH-P8400BH will provide control over the Pandora music service & display
Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your
Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played
on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need
to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station.
You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played
can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on
the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing
your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada &
only available in the United States.
Display: The multimedia head unit will display your
iPod/iPhone's stored music file information, as well as
metadata from Pandora, Aha Radio, and Advance Apps;
including Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time,
Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no
music information displayed when this unit is set to 'basic
App mode'. Instead, all music information will be displayed
on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.
iPod 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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
functions (as of 1/31/20123):
|iPod/iPhone||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App Mode||Pandora App||Advance App Mode||Song/Artist Text||Track Info ||Album Art |
- *Audio playback from iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen),
iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini requires the Pioneer CD-IU51 iPod Cable
(sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (both sold
- **Video Playback and Advanced App Modes for the iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1+)
CD-IV202AV cable kit, an
Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and
Apple Lighting-to-VGA adapter (all sold separately). The AVH-P8400BH
will also require a
Firmware update from Pioneer's website.
- 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.
MusicSphere: Pioneer's new proprietary MusicSphere
technology allows you to enjoy your music in a new way by creating unique
mood-based playlists via iTunes for your Apple iOS device. When installed on
your Windows PC, the MusicSphere iTunes plug-in software will analyze the entire
music library and create specialized playlists based on various musical
attributes such as feeling (bright, energetic, gloomy, relaxing calm), rhythm
pattern, beats per minute (BPM), year of the song and/or date added to the
device. Additionally, through the MusicSphere, you can select preferred
parameters of your music to create a "DJ Playlist". You can download
MusicSphere directly to your Windows PC from the Pioneer website.
Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-P8400BH is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot) allowing 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP
(Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Phone Pairing: Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be
registered to this head unit. Only one device can be used at a time. 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-P8400BH.
Hands-Free Communication: The AVH-P8400BH supports wireless
hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile
phone. 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-P8400BH 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-P8400BH, 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 on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #,
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six
phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
- Phone Book: The phone book in your Bluetooth enabled
cellular 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, you
can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered
in the phone book, you can search for the phone number by alphabet search
- Call Log: The 80 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 monitor or adjusting Bluetooth
settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle must be in park to
access these functions.
During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head
unit's included external microphone, and listen to the other
party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external
microphone provides better performance in noisy environments
than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of
many aftermarket or factory radios. The microphone features
a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes
with an adjustable visor-mount clip. The microphone measures
0.475" (diameter) x 1.445" (depth). The unit is not equipped
with an integrated microphone. The external microphone must
be installed for Bluetooth hands-free communication.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH also
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The AVH-P8400BH will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as
Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also
display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The
AVH-P8400BH also supports audio streaming of select music apps from your
Bluetooth enabled smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue
to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music
apps. 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.
Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Note: The Pioneer head unit requires an optional Bluetooth
firmware update (HW05-SW01.27.20)
to enable Bluetooth AVRCP control and metadata display for the iPhone 5 or
other Apple iOS6 device. If you do not own an iPhone 5 or iOS6 device, there
is no need to install this update.
24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from
DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is equipped with a
24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.
MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: This receiver is equipped with
a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output.
The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume
levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an
optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the
AVH-P8400BH 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. The power output specs are as follows:
- 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)
EEQ (Easy 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.
8-Band Graphic EQ: The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow
you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's
8-band graphic equalizer (40Hz, 80Hz, 200Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz,
Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically
measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an
auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ
sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ
microphone plugs into the Pioneer multimedia receiver's 3.5mm mic input (located
behind the motorized touchcscreen). The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in
the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ
Sonic Center Control: Sound that is suited for the listening
position can easily be created with this function. You can adjust sound more
toward the listening position left (7) to right (7).
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).
Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever
automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of
the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range
is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound.
There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.
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 volume level of the FM
tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from
-4 dB to +4 dB.
4V/6ch Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH is equipped
with three 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear
speakers are fading with high-pass crossover filters, while the subwoofer output
is non-fading with a low-pass crossover filter.
- Front & Rear Preamp Outputs: If you do not want low
frequency sounds to play from the front or rear speaker preamp outputs (or
speaker outputs), you can turn on the 12dB/octave High Pass Filter. The HPF
has a selectable cutoff frequency (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz). Only
frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output through the
- Subwoofer Output: The unit has a pair of dedicated
non-fading RCA subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment,
and output level. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can select the
frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz),
select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to
Telephone Mute/Attenuator: Sound from your system is muted
or attenuated automatically when a phone signal is received when you have
hardwired your mobile phone system to the mute wire (yellow/black) of this unit.
Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH has dual AV inputs
to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel
3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is
also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video
component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm
minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone
(using the proprietary Pioneer cable).
AV Output (with Dual Zone): The AVH-P8400BH features a
rear-panel composite video/stereo minijack audio output that allows rear seat
passenger to enjoy audio or video content on additional rear seat monitors and
headphones, even while the front passenger and driver listen to audio from other
sources or operate navigation functions simultaneously. You can playback
audio/video content from a Disc, your iPod/iPhone (not iPhone 5), and the AV
inputs in the rear zone; or your can simply have the rear AV output mirror the
head unit's selected source. 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. You cannot play DivX files on the unit's monitor and a connected external
monitor at the same time.
Rear View Camera: The AVH-P8400BH is equipped with a
composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that
automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera input jack)
when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5,
sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen
automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the
AVH-P8400BH's harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit
for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately
1.7 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed)
output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up
camera is displayed.
Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH allows you to
connect the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation unit (sold separately) through
its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation
mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address
or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently
Note: If you are already using the head unit's RGB input to
access Advance App Mode from your iPhone, then you cannot connect this
add-on navigation module (or vise-versa).
Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-P8400BH includes an
IR remote control (CD-R33) for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit
and your connected devices.
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). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.