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Our take on the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Twist the volume knob to crank the music. Touch the screen to access loads of built-in features. Talk, and the receiver will place your calls or find music on your iPod®. Whatever you do, you'll soon realize that Pioneer's AVIC-X910BT navigation receiver provides command and control over an impressive range of car audio/video features.
The AVIC-X910BT guides you with detailed maps of Canada and the entire U.S., stored on built-in flash memory so you won't have to insert a disc when you need directions. Over 12 million points-of-interest help you find the services you need when traveling, whether you're looking for a gas station or take-out Chinese. The system's text-to-speech function announces street names as you go, so you'll always know you're making the correct turn.
A built-in MSN Direct tuner provides real-time traffic reports, so you can be sure you're taking the best route to your destination. You'll also get the latest on local gas prices, weather, and events in most major cities, along with instant access to movie times, restaurants, and more. You'll get a free 3-month membership with the AVIC-X910BT.
Hands-free phoning with voice control
Make hands-free calls easily with your compatible phone using the receiver's built-in Bluetooth® capability. How easily? Just ask Pioneer's Conversational Voice Control voice-recognition software understands your conversational request to make a phone call, prompting you for additional information when required.
Voice control for your iPod
Just plug your iPod into the optional adapter, and you can also use voice commands to search for music by artist, album, genre, and playlist. Song info and album art appears on the screen, giving you the information you want, along with easy control through the touchscreen.
More entertainment options
Connect audio sources through the USB input, SD card slot, or audio/video inputs. Tap into the variety of SIRIUS/XM radio with a satellite radio tuner, or add Pioneer's HD Radio tuner to enjoy the crystal-clear sound and extra programming from participating stations.
Don't forget the video
Check out your video DVDs on the on the receiver's screen when the car is parked, or connect a rear-seat video screen to the video output so your passengers can enjoy the show while you drive. Plug in a rear-view camera to the dedicated input and feel more secure when backing up in tight spaces.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
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.
Take a test drive on Pioneer's AVIC-X910BT in this video.
What's in the Box:
- Double-DIN CD/DVD/Navigation receiver with attached 6.5' USB cable (Type A female connector)
- 10A mini-blade fuse (installed)
- Power/Speaker wiring harness
- RCA connector harness
- 16.25' Reverse gear signal wire extension
- 10' Speed sensing wire extension
- GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
- Self-adhesive ground plane sheet (2.75" square)
- 8 Pan-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 6mm)
- 8 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 6mm)
- Microphone with 13' cable (right-angle 2.5mm sub-mini plug)
- Microphone clip
- Adhesive pad
- Wire splicing clamp
- Owner's Manual
- Installation Manual (English/ French)
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty information
- Ground note
- On-line product registration information
- DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in navigation capability with map coverage of U.S., Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii, plus over 12 million points-of-interest
- MSN Direct traffic and info services built-in, with free 3-month trial (paid subscription required after free trial)
- 5.8" touchscreen
- fits double-sized dash openings
- voice control of iPod audio and Bluetooth
- plays MP3/WMA/AAC files recorded on DVD or CD discs, USB, and SD cards
- 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
- high- and low-pass filters
- 3-band parametric equalizer with 6 preset EQ curves
- bass boost
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
- compatible with optional iPod adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio tuners
- inputs: USB input, SD card slot, front-panel A/V input, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer), A/V output
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Front AV|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power Output||14 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.2 volts|
|Key Button Color||32,767 colors|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Video Display: This unit is equipped with a fixed 5.8" color TFT active matrix, widescreen LCD that serves as a video monitor and system information display. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 800 x 480 for a total of 384,000 pixels. The brightness of the video display can be adjusted for best visibility.
Note: To prevent displaying video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.
Touch Screen Controls: This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.
Illumination Color Adjustment: The color of the button illumination can be set to virtually any color you desire. You can select from 8 preset colors, or choose a continuous scan of the 8 default colors. You can also create up to 3 custom colors and save them in memory. To create a custom color, you can select a value of between 00 and +31 of Red, Green, and Blue (except for R00, G00, B00). This gives you a choice of 32,767 colors.
Voice Recognition: Pioneer's voice command system accepts and recognizes conversational phrases and language and translates them into commands. You don't have to memorize a list of preset commands in order to operate the unit. The system intelligently filters out superfluous sounds and phrases to accurately recognize the request. If you don't give enough information in the command, the unit will ask additional questions to clarify the request, rather than rejecting it. You can use voice commands to control your iPod, make a hands-free phone call on your Bluetooth phone, or change the A/V input.
Flash Memory Navigation: Pioneer has taken the entire TeleAtlas database, which previously required two DVDs, and compressed it into a 2 GB internal flash memory. The maps cover the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. The database provides approximately 12-million points-of-interest (POIs) in various categories throughout the coverage area. You can search for a POI near your current location, near your destination, near where you place the cursor on the map, along your current route, or near an address you enter.
Positioning Technology: The AVIC-X910BT accurately measures your current location by the Global Positioning System, a network of satellites orbiting the earth to give you time and position information. The accuracy of the GPS information depends upon how good the reception is. The unit has a 30-channel GPS receiver with a magnetic antenna included. The AVIC-X910BT also features a speed sensing cable for better accuracy of your vehicle's movement.
Voice Guidance/Text to Speech: In addition to graphical on-screen directions and maps, the AVIC-X910BT provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can choose a male or female voice in English, French, or Spanish. Some of the voices are capable of text-to-speech, announcing the street names along with the turn directions.
AVIC Feeds: You can create custom Points of Interest (POIs) by using the AVIC Feeds utility program, available on the Pioneer website (pioneerelectronics.com). Once created, you can store the POI on an external storage device, such as a USB thumb drive or SD card, and upload the information to the unit. Other AVIC Feeds applications include Driving Report and Picture Editor.
MSN Direct Tuner: The AVIC-X910BT comes equipped with a built-in MSN Direct tuner. This allows you to see updated traffic conditions, local and world weather, local gas prices (along with when they were updated), theater locations and movie times, local events, news headlines, and stock quotes. When the navigation system receives updated traffic information, it will overlay the traffic information on your map and also display detailed text information when available. The navigation system will take in account the traffic information and try to avoid traffic jams and suggest better routes. This service is available for a fee through the MSN Direct data subscription service.
Note: When the Pioneer HD Radio tuner (item #130GEXP20H) is added to the AVIC-X910BT, a separate antenna will be required to maintain the MSN Direct Service. We recommend the Universal Hideaway antenna (item #12044UA20). MSN Direct service will be available only until January 1, 2012.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVIC-X910BT 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 for the AVIC-X910BT are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N), 91 dBA S/N (reference: 1 watt into 4 ohms)
- 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)
3-Band Parametric Equalizer: This unit includes a 3-band parametric EQ with selectable Q factor. You can adjust the low frequency (40Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 160Hz), midrange (200kHz, 500kHz, 1kHz, or 2kHz) and high frequency (3.15kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, or 12.5kHz) from -12dB to +12dB. The Q factor (slope of the boost or cut) may be selected from 0.35, 0.59, 0.95, or 1.15. Selecting a narrow (steep) Q factor results in frequencies around the center frequency being affected less by the boost or cut than they are with a wide Q factor. This feature is useful for taming frequency response problems caused by the dimensions, materials, and speaker locations of a vehicle.
EQ Presets: There are 7 preset EQ curves: Super Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Flat, Custom 1, and Custom 2. The two Custom curves allow you to create and store EQ settings in memory. You can create a separate Custom 1 curve for each source, while the Custom 2 curve is used for all sources.
Adjustable Loudness: You can select one of three different levels of loudness compensation. A Low loudness contour provides +3.5dB boost at 100Hz and +3dB boost at 10kHz. A Mid boost is +10dB at 100Hz and +6.5dB at 10kHz. A High loudness contour is +11dB at both 100Hz and 10kHz.
Note: These Loudness contours use a reference volume level of -30dB.
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.
High-Pass Filter: When you don't want sound in the subwoofer frequency range output from the front and rear speakers, you may activate the built-in high-pass filter. You may select a filter frequency of 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125Hz with a slope of 12dB per octave. The high-pass filter effects the line and speaker level outputs.
Subwoofer Preouts: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, there is one set of subwoofer outputs that may be turned on or off. When on, the outputs are non-fading, and may be set for normal or reverse phase. The built-in low-pass filter frequency can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125Hz. The level of the subwoofer output can be adjusted between -24 to +6. The low-pass filter has a slope of 18dB per octave.
Bass Boost: The Bass Boost function raises the level of low frequency sounds; select the desired level of bass boost between 0 and 6 (Gain: 0dB to +12dB).
Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: 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.
Disc Compatibility: The AVIC-X910BT has a single DVD slot that is compatible with DVD-Video and audio CDs, as well as DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. Recordable discs can contain MP3, WMA, AAC, or DivX files. Discs should be recorded in ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or UDF 1.02. The unit will accept up to 700 folders and 3500 files.
Compressed Audio on a CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW: This unit can play the following types of compressed files recorded on a disc:
- MP3: bit rates of 8 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR; incompatible with MP3 Pro
- WMA: bit rates of 5 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR; incompatible with Windows Media Audio 9 Professional, Lossless, and Voice
- AAC: bit rates of 16 to 320 kbps (CBR only), incompatible with Apple Lossless and files encoded with VBR
- DivX: bit rates of 8 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR, .avi/.divx extension, Home Theater Ver 3.11/4.x/5.x/6.x, 720 x 576 pixel maximum image size, 4GB maximum file size
SD Memory Card Slot: The unit has a front panel SD Memory card slot that allows you to play music or video files from an SD Memory card or SDHC Memory card of up to 8 GB. You can play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, AVI, and MPEG4 files.
Bluetooth Solution: The AVIC-X910BT is equipped with a built-in Parrot Bluetooth system. You can make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver. When a call is received, the caller ID information appears on screen and you can choose to answer or reject the call. There is also an Auto Answer feature set in the menu. To place a call you can dial by voice command, access the on screen number pad, call from call history (dialed, received, and missed), dial a phone book entry, call a POI (if the phone number is in the database), or call home (one your home number is programmed).
Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones are compatible, but Parrot compatibility updates will be available periodically.
Microphone: The included microphone has a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. You'll hear the other party through the vehicle's front speakers.
Phone Pairing: Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible cell phones can be registered to this head unit (one connected at a time). If your phone supports the feature, you can transfer your entire phonebook to the head unit at once; up to 400 entries per cellular phone.
Echo Cancellation: The receiver offers an Echo Cancellation feature to keep phone calls sounding loud and clear.
Auxiliary A/V Input: The unit has a front panel 3.5mm mini-jack input (AV2) which can be used with auxiliary audio or AV devices. The AV Settings menu allows you to set the input to Video or Off. The optional CD-RM10 mini-plug-to-RCA AV adapter (item number 130CDRM10) should be used when connecting an AV device to the unit.
A/V Input: The AVIC-X910BT features an audio/video input (AV1) on the RCA connector harness with an RCA composite video and stereo RCA audio jacks. In the AV Settings menu, you can set the input to one of the following:
- Video: for connecting an external video component with RCA audio and video cables
- iPod: for connecting an iPod using the optional CD-IU230V cable (item number 130CDIU230)
- EXT: for connecting a Pioneer external unit with the RCA video cable
- Off: No video component is connected
Rear View Camera: The head unit has a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when a rear camera (such as item number 130NDBC2) is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. You can also manually engage the rear view camera during normal driving, allowing you to keep an eye on a trailer or boat you may be towing. When the vehicle is first started, the delay before the rear view camera is visible on screen is approximately ten seconds.
Note: The trigger wire in the power/speaker harness must be connected to the reverse circuit in order for the unit to automatically switch to the camera view when the vehicle is in reverse gear.
USB Input: The AVIC-X910BT has a USB input on a rear-mounted 6-1/2' pigtail for playing music or video files on a USB storage device, such as an iPod, USB thumb drive, or USB-based MP3 player. The unit is compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, AVI, and MPEG4 files. The input is USB 2.0 High Speed, and can accept USB drives up to 8 GB. The maximum current supply is 500 mA.
iPod Compatible: You can directly control your music and videos from the AVIC-X910BT's touch screen with the optional CD-iU230V iPod Audio/Video Direct Cable (item number 130CDIU230). The cable connects the iPod to the unit via USB for control and to the AV1 input for audio and video (the iPod transfers analog audio and video signals to the AVIC-X910BT). If available the iPod's album art displays on the touch screen. The Pioneer AVIC-X910BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when connected via the optional CD-iU230V iPod cable (as of Dec. 2009):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Software Version||Media Type||Control||Display||Charge|
Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you download a newer software version. The headunit may read "Error 19" if your iPod is not reset. If left plugged in, the iPod will turn off approximately two minutes after the vehicle's ignition switch is set to Off.
Satellite Radio Ready: You can add either XM or SIRIUS satellite radio to the AVIC-X910BT. Up to 18 stations can be set as presets (6 each for 3 XM or SIRIUS bands). The AVIC-X910BT can control optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuners:
- XM: Pioneer GEX-P920XM (item number 130P920XM)
- SiriusConnect Package for Pioneer (item number 700SIRPION) --contains the SIRIUS universal vehicle tuner and the Pioneer SiriusConnect interface
- SiriusConnect Plug and Play Dock (item number 607SCVDOC1) and Pioneer CD-SB10 SiriusConnect interface (item number 130CDSB10), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver
Note: Subscriptions to XM or SIRIUS are required.
HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P20HD HD Radio tuner (item number 130GEXP20H), allowing you to tune available AM and FM stations broadcasting in HD. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The optional HD Radio tuner connects through the IP-BUS interface.
Note: When the Pioneer HD Radio tuner (item #130GEXP20H) is added to the AVIC-X910BT, a separate antenna will be required to maintain the MSN Direct Service. We recommend the Universal Hideaway antenna (item #12044UA20). Splitting the antenna signal is not recommended.
No Multi CD Control: This unit is not compatible with the Pioneer CDX-P680 or CDX-P1280 multi-disc CD changers.
Optional Steering Wheel Control Compatibility: The unit's 3.5mm wired remote input can be used with the optional PAC SWI-PS steering wheel control interface (item number 127SWIPS).
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