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Overview

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Apple's CarPlay has made quite a splash since it first appeared. And what's not to like? You get quick access to your music, navigation, contacts and more, combined with voice control that makes for safer driving. And it's built around the easy-to-use and familiar iOS screens we know from our iPhones®. Now Pioneer's made it easy to experience CarPlay with the SPH-DA120 smartphone receiver. Put this receiver into your car, hook up your iPhone, and you'll enjoy all that CarPlay has to offer. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

Put Apple CarPlay® to work in your car

Apple's CarPlay has made quite a splash since it first appeared. And what's not to like? You get quick access to your music, navigation, contacts and more, combined with voice control that makes for safer driving. And it's built around the easy-to-use and familiar iOS screens we know from our iPhones®. Now Pioneer's made it easy to experience CarPlay with the SPH-DA120 smartphone receiver. Put this receiver into your car, hook up your iPhone, and you'll enjoy all that CarPlay has to offer. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

AppRadio — the next generation

Pioneer's innovative AppRadio platform moves forward with their SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 receiver. This versatile Pioneer builds upon the impressive capabilities of the AppRadio 3 receiver by adding some new features, including compatibility with Apple CarPlay, an improved graphical user interface (GUI) that makes it easier to access and use your apps, along with dual USB inputs, an auxiliary input, and a complete set of preamp outputs — front, rear, and subwoofer. 

Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

Control your apps from the large 6.2" touchscreen.

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.

And what apps can you take advantage of? You'll find plenty to enjoy, including MotionX-GPS Drive, INRIX® traffic, AUPEO! Personal Radio, Pandora® Internet radio, and Pioneer's MIXTRAX, with more coming down the road. The apps will look great on the 6.2" capacitive touchscreen, which recognizes all zoom, swipe, and pinch gestures just as if you were using your smartphone.

Note: AppRadio Mode and AppRadioLIVE are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to stability and display issues. Please see "Details" for more information.

Siri® Eyes Free 

If you have an iPhone 4S or 5, you'll hear Siri's voice prompts through your vehicle's sound system, and you can make commands or ask questions through the microphone that's included with this receiver. You can set reminders, ask for songs, request directions, or anything else you'd normally do with your iPhone.

Works with Android™ phones and features MirrorLink™ connectivity

The AppRadio 4 doesn't leave Android by the wayside when it comes to features, either. Not only will its App Mode support many Android phones, but this receiver takes it to the next level with MirrorLink support.  MirrorLink allows certain Nokia and Samsung smartphones (with more to come in the future) to display their interface on the AppRadio 4, so you can make phone calls, access map services, or check out music with ease. If you don't have a MirrorLink phone, you can still download a free Pioneer app that enables voice commands with your Android phone.

Talk hands-free and stream audio wirelessly with Bluetooth®

Built-in Bluetooth adds to the versatility of this cool receiver — pair your phone, and you'll be able to talk hands-free and access your phone book from the touchscreen. You can even stream audio from your smartphone to the receiver. 

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.

Complement your setup with a phone mount

The AppRadio 4 requires input from your iPhone from time to time — most notably when running the MotionX GPS Drive app. It's a good idea to mount your iPhone where it's easy to reach. Check out our selection of Pro.Fit mounts.

Unit works as expected, lag time when using CarPlay is a bit more than what I experienced with other units. But the price difference compensates for that tradeoff. Overall, very happy with the purchase

Anonymous, Nashville, TN

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What's in the Box:

  • Digital meida receiver (w/ 6.2" touchscreen monitor)
  • 10A fuse (pre-installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • GPS antenna (w/ attached 11.5' cable)
  • Self-adhesive square
  • 58" USB extension cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Microphone w/ visor-bracket (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle 2.5mm connector)
  • 6.5' Stereo minijack extension cable
  • Two-sided tape
  • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
  • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
  • Wire-tie
  • 3 Cable-clips
  • Startup Guide
  • Installation Manual
  • Warranty sheet (USA/Canada)
  • "Important Information for the User" booklet
  • Online Product Registration Card

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • smartphone receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" capacitive touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • works with Apple CarPlay
    • touchscreen control over select smartphone apps — phone compatibility and connection options vary
    • MirrorLink™ for in-dash control of select Android™ smartphones
    • AppRadioLIVE integration with select apps
    • Siri Eyes Free with compatible iOS devices
    • voice recognition for select Android phones
    • MIXTRAX audio and visual effects
    Audio Features:
    • 5-band equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    Expandability:
    • inputs: dual USB inputs, auxiliary input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    • included external GPS antenna for boosting signal while using GPS apps
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    Reviews

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 Reviews

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    (104 Reviews)

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Nashville, TN on 2/23/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit works as expected, lag time when using CarPlay is a bit more than what I experienced with other units. But the price difference compensates for that tradeoff. Overall, very happy with the purchase

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    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Chad from Lima, OH on 2/22/2017

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Display is easy to use and loads quickly. Awesome sound quality!! I installed this in my 2010 Silverado. Left the factory tweeters on the side pillars by the windshield and replaced my door speakers with 6.5" Pioneer 3 ways. With the high pass on they do not distort at all. I use a 10" Thunderform for lows and the sound is great!! I listen to mostly country and rock. Would definitely recommend this deck!!!

    Pros: Great price for a deck with CarPlay. Sound quality is up there with decks twice the price!

    Cons: None yet!

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Lincoln, NE on 2/22/2017

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great and works as expected. Only issue at install was the usb port to get the unit to sync to my iphone. Once i switch it was no issue. Voice to text has yet to mess up so that is a real plus.

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    Nickolaos from , CT on 2/21/2017

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good!! Very easy to use. I only wish carplay would work through bluetooth as well. I like the wireless look much better

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    Good for the money

    P from Boston, MA on 2/18/2017

    2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice screen and compatible with my iphone 7, can watch videos with hdmi connection, little difficult to use in the beginning a lot to learn get a bit confusing but many great features with ability to customize image and sound. Not the best picture but very touch sensitive and responsive would recommend this product. Installed in 2016 wrangler

    Pros: A lot of great features better than competition, Pioneer does not disappoint

    Cons:

    As advertised

    Daniel from Myrtle Beach, SC on 2/17/2017

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for price. Bought essentially for Apple Play. Works as advertised. Did not need or want DVD. UI is pretty good from Pioneer. Touchscreen is great. Can customize colors on screen to match lights on your dash. Makes stock speakers even sound better. Installed with Crux SWC interface. Solder all connections to make sure they last. If you haven't done before -- look it up on the online video website. Only dislike at this point is issues with steering wheel control. Crux says that up and down on steering wheel is going to be up and down on presets in radio mode. Actually on this unit it ends up being up and down TUNE. Not very useful. Spoke to Crutchfield technical support -- they said it is what the head unit is set to do. Not sure if that is the case or not. Tried to contact Crux customer support they never responded. However, this is not a deal breaker. Still love the unit.

    Pros: Good sound, Apple Play, touchscreen, customizable color on buttons and screen

    Cons: Steering wheel controls not as expected.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Hillsborough, NH on 2/5/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system. Doesn't do everything but it does a lot and

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    NAG SCREEN WARNING

    aki009 from Reno, NV on 2/4/2017

    2004 Ford Excursion

    When using the Car Play mode by attaching an iPhone, the unit will display a nag screen that must be ok'd out. This means that every single time I turn on my car, I need to interact with the unit to get anything useful out of it. This would be a reasonably nice unit if it weren't for that brainless waste of my time. Given the nag, I suggest giving it a pass.

    Pros: Generally a nice unit

    Cons: No way to disable nag screen

    Great Unit

    Bob from Petaluma, CA on 2/3/2017

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed Pioneer App Radio in 2008 Toyota Tacoma. First time I've tackled a complex radio install. I consider myself moderately skilled and it took 4 plus hours to complete (plus visiting several helpful YouTube websites). The Pioneer unit and Apple CarPlay are pretty awesome; there could be improvements to the Pioneer App. System boots up pretty fast - only a few seconds delay. Recognizes my iPhone WiFi instantly. The Metra dash unit (silver) fits almost perfectly but it's somewhat brighter silver than existing one. I wired it with a relay (lots of YouTube videos on how to do this) so I could have full access to the GPS and video (although I would never watch video while driving). Installing the rearview camera License plate version) was too daunting for me - too many wires that I couldn't figure out where they connected. Crawling under the truck to run the video cable was also not something I wanted to do. Had it done at a local audio shop and it works perfectly. Thank you Crutchfield for excellent technical support.

    Pros: easy to operate, works flawlessly, fast boot up

    Cons: Pioneer App is not good - needs update

    Get this radio. Don't think twice about it

    Josh from Hartwell, GA on 1/31/2017

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i went from a kenwood DDX371 to this radio. By far the best decision I have made. It is so much better in all ways. the glass display is so nice. I was worried when i saw the 14 rms watts per channel because my kenwood had 24 rms watts per channel. Do not let that fool you. This radio is so much louder and more clear then the kenwood. its like a night and day difference. Has all of the hookups for everything you could ever want on it. Overall, just get it. You won't regret it.

    Pros: very clean install, very nice display, sounds great.

    Cons: had to spend 75 more for cables to mirror iPhone to watch videos

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Raymond M from Fryburg, PA on 1/29/2017

    2007 Pontiac Solstice
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it works great.

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    Cost-effective CarPlay

    Brian from Vienna, VA on 1/27/2017

    2013 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this for a great price from Crutchfield. It covers all my bases for what I was looking for: CarPlay, capacitive (not resistive) touch screen, nice big screen. Installing wasn't any more difficult than my previous aftermarket stereo installs. Not much else to say, I really like it.

    Pros: Low cost CarPlay Capacitive touch screen

    Cons: No satellite radio

    Very nice for the price!

    Anonymous from Liberty Township, OH on 1/24/2017

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything about this head unit fits my needs. I won't miss the CD player one bit. The screen is beautiful and everything functions as I would expect it to. Great buy!

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    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    emil from Port Orchard, WA on 1/22/2017

    2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this product for only 2 years. The warranty is only good for 1 year. Unfortunately Pioneer customer service techs do not work during the weekends so I will have to wait until Monday. Anyways, my wife just got off work and started the car to make her drive home. An error on the screen appeared. It read Software Error- Contact your Pioneer Dealer or Service Center. Hopefully it is free to repair. How much of a hassle would it be to have to pay to get this thing repaired or even to buy a new one. I definitely wouldn't buy this again there is too much hassle.

    Pros: Cheap

    Cons: You get what you pay for... Android never worked on my end no matter how many accessories/adapters i bought for it.

    Great way to integrate an iPhone

    Jeff from Auburn, WA on 1/21/2017

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got one for my wife's '06 Focus and I liked it so much I had to get one for my '97 F150. Install in the focus was a breeze. The old truck needed some cutting to fit. But now it's in there and it looks and sounds great.

    Pros: iPhone integration Sound quality User interface Easy install

    Cons: Just wish you could mirror the iPhone with CarPlay.

    Great Product/Easy Install w/exception

    Scott from San Antonio, TX on 1/18/2017

    2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was fairly simple. Wiring diagram was comprehensive, only problem was that there were a few details left out. First was that if you want to use APPRADIO features, you need to do a couple of things: 1. You need to purchase and APPLE DVAdapter to connect your lightning cable and HDMI cable. AppRadio only works with the HDMI cable installed/connected. The lightning cable only provides power for charging your phone, otherwise it can't be used in the configuration for Apple Carplay (USB not supported). You have to unplug the USB from the DVI (or have a second one connected to USB 1 port and plug your phone in to the lightning cable directly to use Carplay). Carplay has an AppRadio APP, that doesn't function because you have to have the HDMI cable connected for this app to work. 2. In order to use AppRadio/HDMI video, you have to have the Parking Wire connected to your Vehicles Parking System. Over all I really like the radio. But again, it's not as easy as Plug-n-Play. BTW I purchased my additional cables for a decent price. Bottom line shop around and view as many install/reviews as possible before attempting to install. This will keep you from having to pull the radio more that once...

    Pros: Great Radio - Multiple Features - Great Community Forum on Pioneer site - Great Customer Service from Crutchfield - Fairly Easy Install

    Cons: Not all cables needed for install are included. Watch Review/Install videos online and Shop around. Carplay's AppRadio app does not work with current system configuration.

    The future of car audio

    Richard from Silver City, NM on 1/17/2017

    2000 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced stock 2000 Tacoma stock radio. Since,my music is managed in Apple's iCloud, CarPlay made sense for me. I like this product for many reasons. It is inexpensive compared to other CarPlay radios, it fit easily into my vehicle, the operating environment if familiar since it is Apple, and perhaps best of all the icons and font is large and easy to read and select. Cruchfield made purchase easy and I loved having the installation manual emailed to me prior to the arrival of the radio.

    Pros: Sensitive touch screen. Apple CarPlay. Since Apple and Android have similar features for car audio I can't imagine buying a new car without this option. I don't want to spend another minute learning a car's audio/GPS unique user interface.

    Cons: Bit slow to respond, especially using Siri. Phone alone is fast, so performance is either CarPlay interface or radio.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Sacramento, CA on 1/16/2017

    2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I went from a dealer 6-disc changer to the App Radio 4, and love it! The modes take a little getting used to, but I had it all figured out in less than an hour. The sound is great with my Bose speakers and I LOVE having CarPlay and being able to stream music from Apple Music, Amazon Music , or my iPhone library. Having Siri hands-free is really nice, too, especially in CA with the new laws.

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    Tyler from Holbrook, NY on 1/16/2017

    2004 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best radio I've ever owned. I bought this specifically for the CarPlay feature, and except for the rare crash, it works exactly as I hoped!

    Pros: Amazing radio with Apple CarPlay

    Cons: It does crash but very rarely

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 1/16/2017

    2003 Ford Excursion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very Happy with product and ease of installation.

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    Anonymous from Little Rock, AR on 1/13/2017

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just Cool!

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    Anonymous from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/9/2017

    2009 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent product, even made the audio sound much better without changing speakers.

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    JAMES from Houston, TX on 1/4/2017

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    AWESOME BUY IT!

    Pros: EVERYTHING ANYONE WOULD NEED TO GO PRO! BEST PRICE BEST UNIT!

    Cons: NEED THE MONEY TO PUT THIS UNIT IN EVERY VEHICLE I OWN!

    Excellent upgrade from stock system.

    Lam from Frisco, TX on 1/2/2017

    2001 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Apple CarPlay, built in amp improves sound quality with stock speakers, radio also sounds so much better, excellent technical support from Crutchfield. I give it 4.5 stars !!!

    Pros: Bright screen, Apple CarPlay, Siri hand free, bluetooth, excellent technical support from Crutchfield.

    Cons: No volume knob. A remote control would be nice to in place of missing volume knob.

    Great upgrade

    joseph from Satellite Beach, FL on 1/1/2017

    2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great very nice upgrade to my 14 Santa Fe apple CarPlay is great just like using my I phone

    Pros: Seamless transition with I phone

    Cons: None

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Goochland,Va on 1/1/2017

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simply great !!!!

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    Easy to use Easy to Install

    Greg from Kapaa, HI on 12/28/2016

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it, the sound is great and the way it connects to my Iphone is perfect. Easy to install in less than an hour. Now I want one for each of my vehicles

    Pros: screen it bright and can be seen from about any angle

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    Great radio.

    Sly from Rochester, NY on 11/11/2016

    2010 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think the radio is totally awesome, love that it keeps my phone charged, maps, pandora, texting and calls are so easy to use with an iPhone. Too bad Crutchfield sent me the wrong harness and I had to spend money to get the correct one.

    Pros: Ease of use.

    Cons: None

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Livonia, MI on 10/23/2016

    2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits perfect and totally updates my car. I was impressed how well the handsfree phone system worked! Great product!!

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    Looks & Sounds Great!

    Bill from Northville, MI on 10/3/2016

    2014 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The AppRadio itself is awesome! I would give it five stars but I am a little disappointed in the install kit for my 2014 Tacoma. I had five plugs going to my stock radio & am unable to hook up three of them, one of which was my in-dash USB port & one I assume was my stock BT Mic. This was also a very, very, tight fit & I am concerned with the lack of air flow to the system. The plastic mounting brackets that replaced the stock metal ones (I could not re-use) are very flimsy & had to reposition & re-assemble the dash four times before the fit was acceptable. I don't think anyone at Cruchfield has installed one of these in a Tacoma...... Now that I have it installed and paired with Polk 5-1/2" in the doors & Kicker 6x9 behind the seats, it sounds great and well worth the money. BT phone is very clear & having the map app is a big plus.

    Pros: Looks great in my truck. Sounds even better. Love the equalizer options & color options.

    Cons: Install kit for Tacoma is a two star at best. USB & HDMI should come with in-dash kits.

    Functional, loud enough, lots of features, great price

    Jim from San Diego, CA on 10/2/2016

    2010 Honda Insight
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The internal amp sounds great, and is adequate, even though it's only rated at 15 watts. The lawyers overruled the engineers with the Carplay splash screen that has all of the yada yada yada about not to watch the video while driving. Very annoying. 135 page user manual is thorough. Lots of connectivity options. The Pioneer non Carplay user interface is dated, butt Functional.

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    I enjoy listening to the music more than ever now

    Anonymous from Rayne,LA on 9/26/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is all that I expected it would be and with the help of the tech's, everything with the installation went well. The radio brings a clear sound to the hands free phone and music. So far so good.

    Pros: Works well with apple car play

    Cons: None

    Love it almost to many features...lol

    Jonathon from Belfair, WA on 9/19/2016

    2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this head unit. Improved sounds delicious quality 10 fold. Takes some figuring out to work it with a note 7 but that is half the fun. Only thing that would improve it would be if Pioneer does an update so android aouto works with this because their app raido mode won't work with new Samsung Galaxy devices and mirror link has some quirks. All and all though I am totally happy with this purchase.

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    50/50

    Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 9/11/2016

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had this radio installed in my 2007 Subaru Impreza back in May 2016. Even though I did NOT install the radio myself, it turned out pretty great. Had a factory 6 disc in-dash MP3 CD player that was outdated. I don't have CDs anymore so my friend referred me to this site and purchase this radio.

    Pros: Great picture, easy to use, and perfect with today's technology.

    Cons: Most of my radio stations are all static compared to my stock OEM 6 disc in-dash factory radio. So getting the local traffic news during rush hour is very difficult when you can't hear anything but static.

    Crutchfield response on September 13, 2016 One of our Tech Support Advisors, Wayne, reached out to this customer, letting him know that the likely reason for the poor radio reception is the blue/white wire connection on his new Pioneer car stereo. His Subaru includes a powered antenna, and this wire needs to be connected to the adapter's corresponding blue wire for his vehicle to activate this antenna's amplifier for better reception.

    Great Complete System

    Rick from Fairfax, VA on 9/1/2016

    2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit in my 2001 Miata. Had to make one phone call to Crutchfield's Support Department to get the pin-out for power to my Bose system and after that, the unit has performed spectacularly. I purchased it for Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and everything works beyond expectations. I can make and receive calls with my top down going 65 mph on the highway with clarity, receive and send texts with Siri's help with little issues (Siri's mainly), Apple Maps, Pandora, iHeart Radio, my music library, all within touch. No more fumbling with my iPhone and using a radio transmitter for audio. I then added a back-up camera (not really needed in the MIata) a week later, and it too works seamlessly. Great for backing out of parking spaces, as my car is so low to the ground, I can't see around other cars. I highly recommend this product for anyone who has an older car that they cherish.

    Pros: Ease of installation - Crutchfield's website recommended all additional items needed for installation and they were 100% correct. Installed with one phone call in less than 2 hours.

    Cons: Display is bright at night, but when running Apple CarPlay, my iPhone dims it somewhat. I couldn't find the dimmer lead to my dash, but am not sure I would hook that up anyway, as I feel the need to be able to see the speedometer and tach at night.

    Great System

    Oz from Houston, TX on 8/17/2016

    2011 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, love having CarPlay. Audio quality and features are great.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons: Some delay in functions with CarPlay.

    Great radio

    Brad from Jackson, MS on 7/20/2016

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this radio, so far. I staled in a 2003 Ford F-150. This was a more complicated install that involved sub dash modifications. Crutchfield support was very helpful in assisting with the installation and modifications. Now that it is installed, it's a remarkable improvement over the stock AM/FM/cassette/CD unit that I replaced. Purchased for CarPlay functionality and am very happy with it. CarPlay interface, and pioneer appradio interface are very user friendly. Sound performance with stock speakers is very good and a big improvement over stock unit. Been using it about 2 weeks now and very pleased to have ability to make hands free calls and have access to music and podcasts over car speakers!

    Pros: Car play Easy to use interface Sound quality

    Cons: None yet

    Great Product

    Anonymous from Overland Park, KS on 7/5/2016

    2011 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product. No trouble with install.

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    Android Users Beware (and the screen is delaminating!!)

    Anonymous from Madison, AL on 6/24/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased my AppRadio 4 from Crutchfield in the Fall of 2015. I have an iPhone as my work phone and for the most part, the AppRadio does a great job with CarPlay. I have no complaints there. The AppRadio also sounds amazing. Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. My personal phone is a Google Nexus 6 and it doesn't support Mirrorlink, nor does it have HDMI out. The Android support for AppRadio4 is extremely disappointing. I mean, no support for Android Auto!?! Come on Pioneer! What has me the most disgusted with this unit however is that digitizer is delaminating from the glass on the tough screen and it is simply a train wreck to look it. Of course it is out of warranty so I either pay a lot of money to have it replaced or I can risk fixing it myself. Oh but wait, I cannot even do that because the part is not available right now. This has been the most disappointing waste of money I can ever recall spending. No more Pioneer products for me. No Thanks!!

    Pros: Works well with my iPhone and CarPlay. Sounds very nice

    Cons: Minimal Android support including (inexplicably!!) no support for Android Auto. Build quality is poor as the screen is allowing dust under the glass and the digitizer is delaminating.

    Worth it!

    Chelsea P. from Windsor, CA on 6/22/2016

    2012 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Shopping for car stereos can be difficult because there are so many options! I previously had a pioneer x2700 installed in my car and after a year the unit would randomly turn off and on, buttons would freeze and then wouldn't turn on at all if temperature outside was lower than 68 degrees. I knew my next purchase would still be a pioneer even though I had a bad experience with my first, because of the quality and the overall look that pioneer offers. I am SO glad I went with this one. I am an iPhone user and having Apple CarPlay has been great! Love that Spotify shows up on my unit, the use of Siri is much much better. Phone calls sound much better. Another thing that I like is the sleekness off the screen. The overall look is very crisp and clear and can I tell you how much I love that I can turn off the annoying beep of pressing any buttons?! Anyway. Ramble done. Very happy with this purchase and I would highly recommend!!

    Pros: Apple CarPlay, appearance, Spotify, crisper clearer phone calls.

    Cons: None yet.

    Great radio

    John D. from Corpus Christi, TX on 6/20/2016

    2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in about 15 mins. For a Jeep Wrangler you will have to mod your dash slightly. But nothing to serious, very easy mod. I also installed a amp so I didn't need all the speaker wires hook up. With the radio pro 4 (rp4-ch11) interface I retained all my factory steering wheel controls.

    Pros: Cool factor 5 stars. Would recommend to all Jeep Wrangler owners

    Cons: None so far

    Outstanding product meets my needs for hands free calling

    Daniel from Sebastopol, CA on 5/23/2016

    2005 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I went back to driving my old Honda after turning in a leased car. I need hands free calling, which is not available in the vehicle, so I decided to upgrade the factory head unit for that purpose. Now, since I was going to need to change out the whole center stack in the Honda, since that is the issue with that car, I figured I would go with a double DIN unit with Apple CarPlay. The Pioneer fits the bill perfectly. I do not need a CD or DVD player. The unit works flawlessly. I updated it to the latest firmware quite easily. The wiring supplied by Crutchfield, along with the instructions, replacement dash kit, Metra steering wheel controls, are all terrific. Everything wired up properly. If installing in the Honda like I did, it is a good idea to go with the Metra steering wheel control. The reason is that the harness supplied by Metra already has the proper splicing to just plug and play with that unit. Very nice. And, you can remap or allow for multiple functions with one button. Good thing because this steering wheel is before the days of voice activation. I have the mode button set up to go to voice activation with a long push. The unit itself works flawlessly. It boots quickly, unlike perhaps older versions. The software interface is a bit clunky, but works well. The handsfree calling with bluetooth is flawless. So is the bluetooth audio with my iPhone. Apple CarPlay is a bonus, and is fun to use. It has its limitations, but that is no fault of the Pioneer

    Pros: Fast bootup, excellent sound quality, excellent bluetooth connectivity

    Cons: Unit software interface could use some updating to be a bit less clunky, and more modern.

    Very pleased

    Michael from San Francisco, CA on 3/3/2016

    2008 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Huge upgrade to my 2008 Porsche Boxster. Porsches can be tricky to upgrade as the RCA output of aftermarket stereos won't communicate with the fiber optic network used by the Bose amp and speakers. However, I found a device called the MOST-HUR that converts the signal properly. Took a few attempts to get all the wires connected properly but now it's working beautifully, and the trim surround from Crutchfield looks great and makes it look like a very clean factory install. The CarPlay functionality is fantastic--way better than the stock systems available in most modern cars. Very intuitive.

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    Great Unit

    HP from ventnor city, NJ on 2/27/2016

    I have this installed in my 2013 Tacoma, NON JBL system. After much adieu, replacing blown door speakers, adding a 5 channel amp and sub/custom box I couldn't get the sound I desired from the factory head unit. I tried using line output converters because I didn't want to lose that Factory look and the steering wheel controls. I got nothing but unwanted noise coming from the factory head unit and there was a constant hiss in the speakers that no matter what I tried, wouldn't go away. After much research I went with the Pioneer. The specs compared to similar brands didn't compare and a lot of the other companies Kenwood, Alpine, Etc seemed to have cheesy push buttons and rotary knobs that were flimsy. As an audiophile from the car stereo scene from the 90's I thought that they just didn't make them like they used to anymore. The Pioneer proved me wrong. It is a solid build and sounds fantastic. The AUTO EQ is AMAZING and does all of the work for you. Set everything up, BUY THE AUTO EQ, hit the start button and it measured the acoustical environment of YOUR vehicle and adjusts the EQ accordingly. Forget about your CD's, you don't need a CD player. I have hundreds of CDS. I just used windows media player to RIP them to files and I can save all of them to a USB drive that plugs right into the radio. That's right, all of your CD'S on a single USB drive. I used USB #1 for my cell connection (Apple Car Play) and USB #2 for the USB drive with all of my CD's on it.

    Pros: Excellent build quality and sound quality.

    Cons: I'm a pretty particular person, not afraid to complain. My only complaint about this unit is that if you are controlling the volume the indicator and MUTE button pop up on the screen. When this happens the MUTE button covers the APPLE Home button. They should raise this home button up more toward the center of the screen in a future update.

    Great, but

    KevM from Magnolia, TX on 2/25/2016

    I found that it was not as intuitive as I thought it would be. The read back for the text messages, especially group text messages, is clunky and sad. Yes, it does everything it advertises, but just not as easily as you would hope (you know, because you are driving while trying to get it to work right).

    Pros: My phone in my car

    Cons: Clunky, especially when not hooked up to your phone

    Awesome unit, tech support outstanding too

    John D from Monee, Il on 1/27/2016

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit and instructions for install, did have a problem with interface about a month later, I just did not have it plugged In fully.

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    Great addition to my work truck

    msboynmo from Missouri on 1/11/2016

    2008 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My son installed the system in my Toyota Tundra for me in a couple of hours. I'm amazed at how much better the sound is in my factory speakers. My son, a sound engineering student was impressed with the sound and all the other adjustments that I don't understand.

    Pros: Love the hands free and the backup camera option. The iPhone guidance app display is fantastic also.

    Cons: I'm not very young and have a long learning curve.

    Great features and easy use

    JeseC from Alabama on 1/10/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This has been a great head unit. It installed in a 2014 370Z and work and functions great. Only suggestion is to build/run a USB cable port to the port 1 on the head unit for updates and integration to all types of devices.

    Pros: Great Features

    Cons: Pricey

    Awesome Radio!

    PJ from New York on 1/4/2016

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit. It connects flawlessly to my iPhone 6S. I like how Siri is integrated into it, basically my phone is now on my car, which is a huge upgrade on my 08 350Z. It makes the car look a lot newer inside. And it makes the stock speakers sound much cleaner as well. Most importantly, when I started shopping around, I wanted something that looks like it belongs. I typically am not a fan of aftermarket radios, but since my OEM broke, my hand was forced. This head unit looks great in the car. It looks like it came with the car, and that along with the Carplay sold me. I typically use Pandora and it has been great so far. This is my second Pioneer radio and they will be the only aftermarket radio I will buy in the future. Amazing quality.

    Pros: Nice screen, looks like it belongs on the car! Carplay is flawless

    Cons: Find myself taking my eyes off the road to find the buttons, at least until I get used to the radio

    Nice!

    JJ from Oregon on 12/30/2015

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. Bluetooth works great. Carplay works great. Integration of steering wheel mounted controls is hit and miss. The buttons that used to be able to cycle through station presets is not a tuner instead, so I now have to physically touch the screen to change radio stations. So I now have to take my eyes off the road to see what button I am touching. Other than that, this head unit works great and was a super-duper upgrade for my car.

    Pros: Nice screen, great sound quality over stock head unit. Carplay is great. Bluetooth is great.

    Cons: Steering wheel mounted controls no longer work as desired. Takes a while to learn how to use the head unit and the manual is non-existent.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from Chattanooga, TN on 12/21/2015

    2015 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this recently and so far so good. You can't adjust the backup camera view, but other than that don't have any major complaints.

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    Pioneer

    Doug from Virginia on 12/14/2015

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons:

    appRADIO FOR MY cHEVY

    JDAlley from Alaska on 12/14/2015

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not the greatest product ever made. Pandora, and ipod don't always play correctly. The song or station is playing but there is no sound which is giant pain in the butt. I wish you could control the back up camera image settings, as contrast, exposure, color, etc... also the screen could be bigger, as the smooth face look is awesome but I wish it took up all the console space and didn't have such a large deck kit boarder.

    Pros: imessage, mic, hands free communication

    Cons: size, Pandora, ipod play, camera display controls, no operation manual in the box only install.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Anonymous from West Wendover, NV on 12/7/2015

    2013 Nissan Rogue SV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like it... But the only problem is the app to use it doesn't work

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    Crutchfield response on December 8, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Pioneer Radio

    George from Florida on 12/7/2015

    2008 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Delivered everything that was promised.

    Pros: Ease of use

    Cons: None

    looks, sounds, and works great!

    Frankie from Massachusetts on 11/28/2015

    2006 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value - this pretty little head unit consolidates everything I need: radio, navi, streaming music, USB music files. I do not think I will miss a CD deck at all. The graphic EQ is very easy to use, and combined with a pink noise MP3 on a USB drive, and a $3 spectrum analyzer app on my phone, I tuned the car in under 10 minutes. I'm sure it's not as dialed in as could be done by a pro, but it sounds terrific and was incredibly easy to do just in my driveway. CarPlay works great, I just plugged by iPhone 5S in and everything I tried (maps, Pandora, phone) worked right away. Just about everything you need is in the box, including a mic (I mounted mind just behind the steering wheel) and a GPS antenna. Crutchfield, of course, provided the harness adapter and trim pieces to fill out the dash opening. I was a little nervous because the stock Toyota Highlander had a third connector, I was worried there had been a mistake. But I left it disconnected and everything works fine.

    Pros: CarPlay. Full featured. Great price.

    Cons: Not really Pioneer's fault, but the trim adapters for my Toyota dash opening were fiddly to get in place.

    A good all around receiver with car-play

    Plund2 from Illinois on 11/19/2015

    2012 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With the Crutchfield supplied harness, installation was easy. Carplay is by no means perfect and has its flaws however when it is working I'm amazed at how much easier it makes the process. The radio functions as expected as well as the USB support. I have been impressed with the Bluetooth functionality as compared to other receivers that I have had. Other than having a few issues getting the firmware update to load (which were due to USB stick formatting) everything has worked as advertised. One caution - you will have to have the parking brake switch wired or you will not be able to do a firmware update.

    Pros: Car-play functionality Large, easy to read display

    Cons: As mentioned by other reviewers the display is very bright at night You *have* to have the parking brake switch wired in able to do firmware updates Firmware updates can be tricky if the USB stick is not formatted correctly.

    Fantastic

    Haereticus from Washington on 11/15/2015

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this for my father's 2005 F-150. He wanted a double DIN screen with CarPlay. The AppRadio 4 is the best bang for the buck to meet those requirements. Install was easy. No bugs, easy interface with CarPlay, father couldn't have been happier. The AppRadio mode isn't so userfriendly and does require you to unplug from the lightning cable in USB 1 into the HDMI/lightening cable adapter (sold separately). That part was disappointing, but since this will be used mostly for CarPlay, it wasn't a big deal. Still an awesome unit and I'd highly recommend to anyone.

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    Great radio

    Brad H from Illinois on 11/12/2015

    2007 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is good when not connected to your iPhone, it is great when it is. It is an intuitive extension of your phone and has a clean and familiar design. I used the steering wheel control module to make sure the steering wheel controls in my wife's Honda Pilot would work and with the included instructions it was easy.

    Pros: Intuitive, sharp display, easy touch screen

    Cons: Wiring harness connections for the steering wheel control are not available.

    Excellent!

    BryceK from Nebraska on 11/9/2015

    2001 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit exceeded my expectations as far as function and design go. There are some minor quirks, but first let me share some answers To questions I had, but couldn't find before purchasing/running the unit. - Pandora now works on CarPlay. This was huge for me, and it works great. - I have USB1 as a straight lightning cable for CarPlay. USB2 plugs into the apple Hemingway adapter I bought, and connects with the Hemingway cable, so I can mirror my phone. It will work great on road trips, and I did this for when I expand to headrest monitors. The only down side is it is a little quirky, and when you close videos/apps, take your time or you will lock the unit. Not a real frequent occurrence, so I can over look it. Voice recognition with Siri is pretty well done, but awkward at first. The timing for voice command is different with car play than on just your phone. The sound quality is great. I have it pair with some Rockford 5.25 2 ways in front, and Rockford 6x9 2 ways in rear. Crisp, clear. The bass doesn't start to come in until about 15, but I usually drive with it turned to 18-21 for volume. Debating if I even need a sub. It fit in my Buick Century quite well, the Metra kit made it look darn near factory, I think that should cover everything.

    Pros: CarPlay works great, and is now pandora compatible. Looks/sounds great.

    Cons: CarPlay Siri is so wing to get used too, hdmi input can be touchy. Both of which aren't as bad as they read,

    All-in-all a great unit

    Kel from California on 11/7/2015

    2013 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this unit specifically for the Car Play functionality and it works great. Though some of the apps have issues like the map not maintaining your settings and defaulting back to its default display, and not picking up where I leave off in Pandora. Integration is great, works well in my Taco with the steering wheel controls.

    Pros: Good screen size, Siri integration, excellent phone, text, and email integration

    Cons: Doesn't fit as tightly with the faceplate, small gaps.

    Easy install, works great !

    Storm from Montreal, QC on 11/6/2015

    One thing I was worried about before buying the unit is some of the reviewers said they didn't have the dimming feature at night. I think this is the orange wire, you have to connect it to orange with the white stripe. I have the dimming feature and it is fully adjustable. Both for day and night time. Easy install in my old Honda CR-V. What took me the longest was to solder the connecters and shrink wrap all the solder. Hey Siri works great. I think a lot of the reviewers would benefit from RTFM. I see nothing wrong with this unit. Sounds great even on stock speakers. Crutchfield installation sheet is spot-on took me less than an hour to install after my initial soldering of the harness. My unit is on firmware 1.08, now 1.09 is out, but I'm not sure I will upgrade if I have no issue like I have right now.

    Pros: Sounds great on stock speakers. Easy to use. Connect the orange wire for the dimming feature. The green ONE you should figure it out (Doesn't take a genius) hold down the middle button to shut-off the unit and RTFM !

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    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Phaon from Maryland on 10/25/2015

    2003 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found this same stereo 3 days later for cheaper

    Pros: Great for my iphone

    Cons: Too expensive

    Awesome App Radio

    TedC from Alaska on 10/20/2015

    2011 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    5-stars all the way around! Great product, easy to install. Directions were clear and concise and the ease of operating the device made it even more pleasurable to use. Thank you Sonny and Crutchfield!

    Pros: Value, sound, ease of installation and ease of operation.

    Cons: Steering wheel kit (Metra ASWC-1) did not have clear programming directions for 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. But the tech support folks at Crutchfield and Metra were extremely pleasant and helpful.

    solid, but lacks features

    Parker_C_S from Utah on 10/18/2015

    2008 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very solid display panel. Very nice having the built in mic and nav that links to the iPhone for Carplay. The one thing that I wish was that there was a dim-setting, as driving with the panel on at night can be very distracting...... Additionally, you are unable to move around the apps in car play mode to sync to that of your phone.

    Pros: Great, easy to use interface. Solid bluetooth and easy to understand.

    Cons: Lack of dimming ability, Limited Carplay features. No sounds knob, have to use touch screen.

    Awesome interface

    HR from California on 10/12/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome display, interface, ease of use, decent sound. Would recommend to anyone thinking of upgrade and using iPhone.

    Pros: display, interface, ease of use, decent sound

    Cons: bass could be softer but that may have more to do with the rest of amp/subwoofer speaker systems I have in the car

    Love apple carplay

    Ricky from Maine on 10/9/2015

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this stereo for awhile now.. Around 4 months and I really love this stereo. The carplay is amazing. The ability to fine tune your music with the eq band is amazing. From replacing a stock radio in an 06 trailblazer, it is 100x better. There are obviously a few bugs where it has occasionally froze and i had to unplug and replug my phone back in and sometimes when i plug my phone in when i first go in my car the music won't always play but i think that mostly has to do with maybe a dirty connect with the lightning cable im using. The sound quality is incredible. Installation was little over an hour and wasn't too complicated. Huge upgrade in my opinion and overall a great purchase and i would definitely recommend and buy again.

    Pros: Responsive touch screen, good sound quality, apple carplay(duh)

    Cons: Few bugs and screen is crazy bright at night,

    Decent

    DEM from Pennsylvania on 9/22/2015

    2012 Chevrolet Cruze
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It feels cheap and plasticy and there are no tactile buttons or knobs. That feeling goes away quick once it's installed. Wish there was something solid at least for volume. What makes up for this is the captive touch screen that is as responsive as any smart phone. CarPlay works ok. Everything is easy to find. If you have a mic hooked up and Hey Siri enabled on your phone you won't have to push a single button to navigate, make calls or send messages. Entertainment wise it is severely limited. No Pandora or Slacker through CP. When apple music is playing, the album art is obscured and opaque in the background with only the album info in front. It would be nice to see an actual album cover. The good news is that CP only requires a USB connection. I want to explore the actual App Radio functions. For that I need a USB, an adapter and an HDMI cable for iPhones. All told it's $100 extra. What's surprising is that Pandora still shows up on the App Radio with only a USB cable. Warning though, make sure you have all your music apps set up the way you like on your phone. There's no alterations on the run. No creating stations an no looking for something that isn't already loaded. Personally, I prefer the App Radio display over Car Play. There's actual album covers and neat background animation. I will probably shell out for cables. The worst thing though is that I haven't found a way to shut this thing off unless my car is. Sound quality is also excellent.

    Pros: Looks sort of cheap. No buttons or knobs. Car Play is limited. Need extra cables to use actual App Radio

    Cons: Big responsive touch screen, Hands free calling, messaging and navigation. Sound Quality.

    Awesome Stereo

    Kryssie from Texas on 9/21/2015

    2012 Nissan Frontier SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My father in law installed this for me. It was an easy install. It fits beautifully in my Nissan Frontier. I love the CarPlay ability.

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    Love CarPlay

    Adam from Delaware on 9/15/2015

    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product... Really easy install

    Pros: CarPlay works great

    Cons: None

    Good but could be better

    JeffK from Illinois on 9/8/2015

    2009 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Too expensive for the features that are included - it's not "future-proof" as it is not compatible with Apple's wireless CarPlay. Hopefully an accessory will be released that will allow for this function, but that will probably be overpriced, too. It looks cool in the car but the display is too bright at night. In radio mode, it displays the song title/artist/station info in a very small portion of the screen (leaving much of it unused) and is basically useless. The Bluetooth takes way too long to connect; I have tried several different Bluetooth devices and all of them took almost 30 seconds to connect. This is shameful compared to the less than 10 seconds my previous head unit took to connect to Bluetooth devices.

    Pros: Looks cool, works better than my stock stereo (not saying much)

    Cons: Overpriced, lack of forward thinking, poor utilization of screen space, too long to boot up and connect

    Solid Product

    JG from New York on 9/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    so the only reason I didn't go 5 stars is because I am waiting to upgrade my phone to an iPhone so can't totally take advantage of everything it has to offer (though I did a quick test with a friends and it looks awesome.) so far the system works great, was very easy to install except for a few minor bumps (fault belonging to car not system) and sounds great. I just upgraded my speakers which was a nice upgrade but now with the SPH-DA120 things sound much better and I'm loving it (as are my friends) It is a little pricey but got it with a rebate so that helps otherwise may not have gotten it but glad I did. I'll update if anything changes but hopefully nothing will.

    Pros: easy to install/use sounds great looks great and works great(very responsive) carplay

    Cons: a little pricey not as friendly with android as it is with iPhones(obvi)

    Good

    Paul from Baltimore, MD on 9/1/2015

    2001 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a thousand times better than the stock radio it replaced in a 2001 F350. Sounds great and looks cool too. But the MirrorLink seems fairly useless for now. I can't find many apps that will mirror to the radio. And you can't listen to the radio while a nav app is running. If you want a GPS enables radio, get a GPS enabled radio. Don't try to use this radio and your phone with Waze or Google maps and think that is going to be as good as a GPS radio.

    Pros: Very easy to install, rides fine, looks divine

    Cons: MirrorLink apps aren't quite there yet

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Bruce W from California on 8/29/2015

    2008 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product easy to install but why make sub hard to get to

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    Nice upgrade from my JVC unit

    JohnS from Duluth, GA on 8/26/2015

    2006 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this head unit. The hands-free call quality is excellent, and the sound quality is great despite having 30% less power than my old JVC unit. I installed a micro bypass and an ASWC-1 steering wheel control. I was able to map long presses of my steering wheel's SEEK +/- keys to "ON HOOK" and "OFF HOOK", so now I can answer calls without touching the radio. I also mapped a long press of my MODE key to "Push to Talk", which brings up Siri. This is really nice, since Siri support is one of the coolest things about this radio. I can press the button, wait for the beep and say "Shuffle Bob Dylan". No more fumbling with my iPhone! CarPlay works well with IOS9 beta. This unit's main competitor is Alpine's ILX-007, which lacks media playback support and Bluetooth. BT is nice for letting your friends connect and play their music, while you continue to use your iPhone for navigation and handsfree calling. I also like knowing that if my data plan is running low, I can use my trusty old 240GB iPod for music - not so with the ILX-007. The capacitive touchscreen improves the CarPlay experience a lot - for example, I can move the map by dragging. My main complaint is Pioneer's song information layout. The song title and genre get about 25% of the screen width, so I have to wait for them to scroll. I would much rather NOT have the genre displayed, and give the whole space to the song title. OTOH, they do display the album art, which CarPlay failed to do.

    Pros: Capacitive touchscreen, low cost, ease of use and installation.

    Cons: No HD Radio

    Mini Cooper S Convertible + Carplay

    MCCS from California on 8/22/2015

    Difficult install in a 2011 Mini, but worth it. Mounted the Mini's factory CD player behind the round speedometer to keep Mini's computer display active. Connected new head unit outs to Mini's amp AUX in to use factory HK amp. Added steering controls, backup camera and brake-on simulator. Made both smartphone connections adding accessible USB female extension cables in case lightning cables ever wear and fail. Added a third female USB for USB-2 and plugged in a 128GB thumb drive full of tunes - which is fully indexed for easy/fast browsing by the USB2 feature on the head unit. Also added female USB ports for original Mini stereo and one connected to the steering wheel control for reprogramming if ever needed. Latest firmware works great. I usually use Carplay, but occassionally use the AppRadio connector to use Waze or play videos. Hopefully Apple will add more apps to Carplay compatibility. Awesome system. Very difficult install in a Mini.

    Pros: Works.

    Cons: Cable change and system setting change required if you switch from Carplay to AppRadio or back.

    Apple Car Play is AWESOME!

    Dick L from North Carolina on 8/21/2015

    My wife LOVES this. My brother and I installed it in her Mazda Miata. Now she can voice text, initiate calls from her iPhone contact list, use Apple Maps for navigation (who needs a GPS?!) and listen to her music (as well as the radio). Off the charts cook-factor! Thanks!

    Pros: ALL good - quality, functionality, cool factor.

    Cons: None!

    Apple CarPlay is Getting Better

    BWeaver from Maryland on 8/10/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a quality head unit with many of the functionalities of the more expensive GPS receivers. By using an iPhone's data and GPS data through CarPlay, it functions just as well as a head unit costing hundreds more. Obviously this unit is only worth it for iOS users but I haven't checked out the AppRadio features. CarPlay has its glitches, but should be getting even better with the upcoming release of iOS 9. One other note: you must connect the included GPS antenna for the unit to set the correct time. I did not install the antenna, I merely connected it long enough to set the time and removed it before completing the install. Otherwise, the antenna is mostly obselete. Overall, good unit, easy install, MasterSheet from Crutchfield was very helpful.

    Pros: TouchScreen Display Quality Audio Quality CarPlay Integration

    Cons: CarPlay glitches Requires GPS antenna to retrieve time.

    Surprisingly Happy with Apple CarPlay

    Kevin from Virginia on 7/12/2015

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Car: 2003 Toyota 4Runner with JBL and RDS Phone: iPhone 5s with iOS 8.4 This was my third install of a Crutchfield radio and by far the most difficult. Mostly this was because the 4Runner requires removing the gear shift trim panel, the console trim, the driver's knee panel and the climate control panel before you can remove the receiver trim panel. The wiring adapter hook up was a little confusing but two quick calls to Crutchfield cleared that up. Otherwise the install was smooth if a little time consuming. Some things you should know: If you want to use CarPlay, you must attach the supplied USB cable to USB 1. This is also the USB interface used to update the firmware if needed. If you want to use AppRadio you must attach your HDMI cable (not supplied) and then also connect that to Lightning Digital AV Adapter that you must purchase from Apple (not included). There is a Parking Brake sensor wire that must be connected to the parking brake switch. This is to prevent you from watching videos from the head unit while driving. It is also required for updating the firmware (which was not required as I already had the latest version out of the box). There are several YouTube videos describing how to bypass this but it will void your warranty. Since I did not have the required cables for AppRadio, I set the unit up for CarPlay and am very happy with it. In combination with Siri it is very easy to use and mostly hands-off allowing better attention on driving.

    Pros: CarPlay

    Cons: Missing cables required for AppRadio

    Great for our vehicle.

    Derek - MO from Missouri on 7/1/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio works like a charm. Plays mp4 and avi video files off of a 64gb flash drive I installed in the rear of the console so the kids are happy. App Radio & Car Play make iPhone integration fantastic for my wife and I. Is a great radio and much appreciate the rebate offer.

    Pros: Awesome interface, tons of features.

    Cons: Can't use Car Play, and USB2 as source for rear output at the same time.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Travis from Kansas on 6/28/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit works great. Only issue was with Crutchfield service. I ordered it off of the phone and I clearly spelled out my email address but he recorded it incorrectly. Since I didn't get the email confirmation I called to get the tracking number. I was given the incorrect tracking number so I had to call back. Then I installed the unit and the wiring harness adapter sent for my vehicle did not work properly and caused very poor sound output. It would pop, sometime not work and had static. One of the harnesses that is suppose to fit my vehicle fit but would not lock in with my factory harness so it came loose. I called tech support to find out what happened. The tech asked if I read the instructions about having to set my factory radio fader and balance to zero and the volume at 3/4 volume. I told him I did not receive the instructions related to that. He sent me a new wiring harness out which eliminated the sound issues. The one harness still does not lock together with my factory harness so I taped the two together....Ghetto!!! Very poor service all around by Crutchfield. I will not make any further purchases from Crutchfield due to the service.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Radio

    Ed from Austin, TX on 6/1/2015

    Good radio. Still setting features up on it.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Works as Desired

    farrw from Ohio on 5/17/2015

    2008 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced an older Pioneer headend with the Pioneer AppRadio 4. Easy replacement and what a great upgrade! Just like having my iPhone in the dash of my car (supported apps). I like Apple maps and have been happy with the Siri integration. I was able to program all important functions to work from my steering wheel (4Runner). Very happy.

    Pros: Apple car play Ease of use

    Cons:

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 & Related Accessories

    lordgrun from Indiana on 4/2/2015

    2008 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very happy with my Pioneer radio. I purchased it primarily for the CarPlay features and have not yet used it extensively with any of the AppRadio features outside of Pandora. I love having my incoming notifications read to me via the speakers in the car, and Maps integration is excellent. I did have some initial issues with obtaining the right accessories to retain steering wheel controls, but Crutchfield support was outstanding. It took getting one of the interface modules replaced (which Crutchfield advance shipped to me) and a couple of calls in to their support center, but now everything is working perfectly. Crutchfield support is amazing - I'm so glad I shopped with them and won't go anywhere else in the future.

    Pros: CarPlay integration is spot on, works exactly as you'd expect it to with my iPhone 5S. Being able to use the OTA radio and Apple Maps for GPS at the same time is amazing.

    Cons: Setup was a bit of a chore requiring several calls in to Crutchfield support - this is not a knock on the unit but rather the documentation for the Aftermarket interface modules.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Isaac from Phoenix, AZ on 3/9/2015

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Appradio 4 is to date the best Pioneer deck I've ever owned. It has amazing sound and super easy to use. Work wonderful with my iPhone 6. Tip: install the USB cable near where you dock your phone for ease when updating the firmware.

    Pros: Great sound. Adjustable sound levels for multiple passengers Easy to use navigation Takes away the desire to want to constantly check the phone while driving.

    Cons: When using a jump drive for firmware updates make sure it has nothing else on the drive. Needs compatibility with rideshare apps like Lyft or Uber.

    awesome stereo

    justin from Richmond, Va on 3/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great media player. It was exactly what I was looking for to use my android phone to the fullest in my car. I tried several others and this was the first one to implement Mirrorlink successfully to me.

    Pros: Excellent sound responsive touch screen easy to use and install came with almost everything needed

    Cons: Only real con is I wish they kept the 7" screen.

    Car play is awesome

    Danny from tacoma wa on 3/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome head unit I got it open box for less then the new price and I was ecstatic, installation for my '05 mustang was very easy I got everything I needed for free. My only complaint is I don't know how to dim the screen and at nights it's slightly annoying, also for my mustang the antenna needs an extension to reach the input which is on the opposite side of the factory unit. Finally I didn't know where to plug the parking brake wire to as the colors didn't match but no big deal. Overall I love it, looks good feels good and the bass in my car became very full sounds like the stock subs had an upgrade! Crutchfield also is awesome with letting me pay on two cards!

    Pros: Great quality Improved bass and all sound Easy install for mustang Looks amazing

    Cons: Can't dim the screen Apple maps sucks Imo anything above 250 is expensive (tho worth it just would appreciate a lower price)

    Easy Install - Exceeding Expectations

    JLC from NYC on 2/22/2015

    2008 Scion xD
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am not particularly handy and so had some trepidation about installing this unit myself, but it could not have been more straightforward. Crutchfield made sure I had all the parts needed and the whole process took about 2 hours. I was amazed when the steering wheel controls worked. CarPlay is, as other reviewers have noted, still a work in progress. But in general, it is exceeding expectations. The navigation and music apps are pretty much flawless. Siri has the usual challenges.

    Pros: Install couldn't have been easier

    Cons: Carplay still a work in progress.

    Apple CarPlay Awsomeness

    Terry from Jacksonville AR on 2/14/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Others have tried but Pioneer (and Apple) have done it right. Honestly, I can't provide any input on "AppRadio" apps because I've used it with Apple CarPlay exclusively. I've Loved It! The system has glitches a couple times requiring a restart. But it's not clear if that's Pioneers fault or Apples. I'm thinking Apple tho. I've been able operate this fully without opening the users manual once, except for installation which was also easy.

    Pros: Easy to use, great interface, easy to install, supports Apple CarPlay

    Cons: No way to turn off or "reboot" except by turning vehicle off, a little expensive too

    Good

    Tillie from CO on 1/18/2015

    2005 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A bit of glitches at first then good after that.

    Pros: Cool display

    Cons: No dvd input or cd input or remote

    Not For Someone Who Just Wants Things To Work

    Steve from North Carolina on 1/10/2015

    2011 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really want to like this product, but it just does not work properly without a lot of effort every time you restart your car. The sound quality is good, but if you are looking for a product that works and is easy to use, look elsewhere. Every time I use it I must jump through some hoop to make it work, such as a hard reboot of my phone, killing and restarting apps, or even restarting my truck. Having to fiddle so much to get this thing to work negates the benefit, which is supposed to be a safer user interface while driving. I would not buy again and would not recommend to anyone else until the technology is truly ready.

    Pros: - Sound quality is very good - Aesthetically good

    Cons: - Extremely buggy - You have to hit "OK" to dismiss a warning screen every time you restart your car. I would not purchase again due to this issue alone - Appradio mode just does not work well, and does not work at all with most of the best apps - Poor interface from the Pioneer side (Carplay is OK when you get it to work) - Too expensive for what you get - There are no physical knobs or buttons, which makes hitting the correct virtual buttons difficult - Apple Maps is the only Nav App tha

    Incredible iPhone Receiver!

    Alessandro from Milwaukee on 1/4/2015

    2005 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've owned a few other Pioneer receivers, which were also very good products, but this takes the cake by far! It is extremely easy to use, works wonderfully to integrate iPhone into a dashboard receiver, looks astounding in my 2005 Volvo V70R dash, and sounds incredible! I couldn't ask for a better solution!

    Pros: Easy to use, looks fabulous, sounds fabulous, etc.

    Cons: nothing noteworthy

    Not what it seems to be...

    Jonathan from Boston, MA on 12/12/2014

    2006 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was excited to find a head unit that could seemingly "do it all" by combining the usefulness of my cell phone's apps directly on the screen, and have the 'Pioneer sound' quality that we've come to love. I'd like to preface the following review, by saying that I'm a fairly knowledgeable individual that works in IT... so using and configuring electronics, in general, come quite easily to me. I've had this unit installed for less than a day, and sadly, it's been been a huge let-down. What's the point of a product called an "Appradio" if you're not actually able to listen to the radio while using, for instance, a navigation app? You heard that right... you can't listen to the radio while using an app / appmode. You must listen to MP3's on your device while using apps. This is an egregious oversight by Pioneer. Surprisingly, they've had 4 units now where, somehow, no one has thought that 'that' might be a good idea. Aside from that, connecting to your phone is like playing the lottery. Enter/Exit the car and turning the system on, sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't, requiring a reboot of the phone or shutting the car off and back on -- cause you know, that's practical. Super frustrating, and a complete loss of my time and, more importantly, my money at the install shop. I now have to pay even more money to replace this unit, that in my opinion, is nothing more than a poorly executed great idea (for the 4th time).

    Pros: It's a Pioneer, so when you actually are able to listen to the radio, it sounds good.

    Cons: Cannot listen to the radio while using apps... must use the device mp3's. Poorly executed User Interface and in general, switiching between modes is an exercise in patience. Color Gamut / Image Quality of the Screen is poor. Buggy Connectivity to Devices in both AppRadio and MirrorLink (I was not able to get MirrorLink to work on any device)

    AppRadio 4

    Colton from Oklahoma on 12/1/2014

    2013 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from an App Radio 3 to incorporate the CarPlay feature and overall I'm a little disappointed. Using the iOS 8.1.1 will not work with many previous apps until an upgrade becomes available from Pioneer. The screen is slightly smaller than the 3 and the features just did not justify the premium price. My advice would be to wait till Pioneer gets it figured out then make the purchase if this is the radio you are looking for.

    Pros: CarPlay features

    Cons: Overall price for a unit that won't run previous App Radio 3 apps with iOS 8.

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4

    Yuwen from Norcross, GA on 11/20/2014

    2011 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this on my Prius 2011. I cannot find a way to get factory backup camera to work with this radio. I lost my backup camera capability. Installing a new one is too much costs. I hope carplay can grow more supports soon.

    Pros: Apple carplay support

    Cons: limited amount of Apple carplay support apps. Carplay Siri Features reacts slowly on each conversation. radio is A little bit pricy.

    Saved me from buying a Tesla

    Anonymous from Palo Alto, CA on 11/20/2014

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an amazing product, and the Crutchfield kit made it super simple to install

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    Good Apple CarPlay head

    Craig from Albuquerque, NM on 11/18/2014

    2008 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 after its announcement. I needed a replacement radio for my wife's Nisson Versa that supported her iPhone 5S and this fit the bill well. The radio arrived well packaged and a day early! The radio itself is complete with mounting hardware, remote microphone, remote GPS antenna, Pioneer's wiring connector/pigtail, and installation/operator's manual. Crutchfield also supplies an universal car connector pigtail and car radio antenna adaptor...thanks! Installation was fast and easy and I had no issues. The radio connects to the iPhone through the USB port and lightning cable and displays CarPlay on the phone. The radio mimics the key features of the phone and seems to work well. I suspect it will only get better as Apple refines it and Pioneer provides firmware. The biggest issue was the "Hey Siri" Eye's free system. It is a hit and miss with Siri, depending on your signal strength. Most of the time, SIRI fails and I have to hit the SIRI button on the radio or phone. Other than that, the music playlists, contact lists, Spotify, and Map works well. I did have problems with the map not transferring completely at time, only the turn directions. I think this is an Apple Carplay issue, which I hope will be resolve in future updates. The sound quality of the radio is much better than the OEM radio. My wife can easily operate the radio as well as use the all the features of Carplay, so I am happy.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy to operate, implements Apple's CarPlay. Crutchfield provides all the necessary plugs and provides excellent support!

    Cons: Apple's CarPlay is not quite ready for primetime yet. I am hopeful that Apple will continue to improve the implementation as they do other aspects of their IOS.

    If you were waiting for CarPlay, here it is!

    Ferdball from San Diego on 11/17/2014

    2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We're early adopters, so give it some time to fully bake. Fotunately, it only needs firmware updates to get the latest. You get a lot of functionality with this radio. What you don't get, you really don't need: Sattelite radio, disc-based anything, movies or videos. What you do get is Pandora or Spotify, your iPod music, Apple Navigation with Siri, Bluetooth audio and phone.

    Pros: I had to call Crutchfield 4 times and had to email them another 6 more. Each time, they were knowlegable. This free tech support is great. The features are great too, at least compared to my old OEM system. It honestly lengthens the life of my car.

    Cons: Bluetooth takes about 30 seconds to start. There is a logon banner when using the lightning cable, that you have to acknowledge each and every time. Why can't I just acknowledge it once, you it remembers? Installation took hours, so if you'd rather not spend the time, check the geek squad. The steering wheel integration adapter was a real pain to install.

    Best auto/smartphone system aside from the Tesla Model S flatscreen

    FJ dad from New York on 11/12/2014

    2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install was easy once I figured out how to remove the panels in my FJ because I just bought it. I love my FJ and now I love my Pioneer AppRadio!

    Pros: Easy to install. Fun to use and play with. Lots of options for inputs, USB, HDMI, AV cables...

    Cons: None yet but I just installed it.

    Pioneer AppRadio 4

    BryanB from Ellicott City, MD on 11/10/2014

    2010 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, Crutchfield technicians in Harrisonburg installed my Pioneer AppRadio 4, so I have no feedback as to the ease of self installation. Second, this unit looks as if it was factory installed by Subaru in my 2010 Legacy. It fits perfectly in my dash. And the coolness factor is definitely high! Third, if you have an iPhone (I have an iPhone 5s) this unit is a perfect fit for your car audio and communication needs. As the literature states it mirrors your phone: contacts, Pandora stations, texts, etc perfectly.

    Pros: -Beautiful interface--just like your iPhone -Great sound and ability to customize the sound, even with the stock speakers in my car. There was no need for upgrade of speakers -Streams Pandora really well -Firmware updates via Pioneer's website make for easy upgrades to the unit

    Cons: -Occasionally Siri does not read text replies and just repeats your previous sent text. This minor glitch may be a software issue -I wish the Pioneer unit would fade to black when not being used, similar to my iPhone and then wake up with a touch. --Although you can manually adjust the brightness, contrast, and dimmer features it would be nice if the brightness would automatically lower at night. -As with any touch screen device your finger prints will need to be wiped clean occasionally

    Way ahead of the Game

    Christian from Texas on 11/6/2014

    Get Ahead of the Nav Game with this unit. Carplay is the future of driving, get in Early. I have a iPhone 6 and unfortunately all the Extra apps do not currently work, i'm sure a firmware update soon will fix that, but ALL the carplay features work, only other app I wanted was Waze, but since Apple maps finally works better, it's not really needed. What's awesome is that with the iPhone integration, I can hit maps and using my calendar, it already has the Destination of my Appointments, Spotify works great, Siri is great, reads out everything to you, just like it would your phone but everything is read to you instead, ask her stock prices, game scores, anything. Had a backup camera installed, my only issue was a local car stereo shop installed it wrong, I called Crutchfield for support, it's amazing how good their tech support is, I can't remember his name now, but the tech knew exactly what was wrong when I had a issue with all music working but not the phone audio, he knew that the speakers were connected wrong without me even telling him how they were connected. Also, Crutchfield knows exactly what you need with the stereo for your car, the right wiring harness, spacers if needed, extra gear like I needed to keep my steering wheel controls. On price, they don't cost more, but they offer soo much more, it's not worth risking buying from someone else. There is a reason this company has been around for soo long, I am most likely going to write a good review for the BBB

    Pros: Carplay, Beautiful Screen, looks incredible,

    Cons: Felt like that back fan/heatsink combo was getting pretty Hot, make sure no wires are touching it or blockage behind it, I think this thing gets a little hot.

    Excellent CarPlay unit

    Pete S from Redmond, WA on 10/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 2014 BRZ simply because I wanted a CarPlay unit. The installation was quite easy and it the fit is very good. Both the CarPlay and AppRadio are very easy to use with intuitive user interfaces. Audio is is very good with many nice customization controls. Very happy with the purchase.

    Pros: CarPlay Easy to use Easy to install

    Cons: Takes a bit too long to boot up.

    Great stereo for CarPlay

    nitrog from Atlanta, GA on 10/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was just using the stereo for the CarPlay interface. It is the perfect solution. Simple interface with touch buttons gives it a modern, sleek look. The interface is also customizable. Customized the button colors as well as the splash screen. As for sound quality. Music sounds great with the factory speakers. Would like to upgrade those next for the full effect. If you really want your SiriusXM radio, you may want to go the next Pioneer model up with CarPlay, this unit does not have built-in SiriusXM. Other than that I can't complain about anything.

    Pros: - CarPlay - Customization - Sleek, modern look

    Cons: - No SiriusXM

    Excited until fit checked

    Jim from Winchester, CA on 10/14/2014

    I bought this from Pioneer direct and I was initially excited when I received my unit. I took it out of the box and was immediately a little let down. The build quality doesn't seem to be up to Pioneer's previous standards (i.e: NEX4000). The casing didn't seem as solid and the face plate seemed cheap. I expected more for the purchase price. There was also one more huge deal breaker (at least for my 2011 Dodge Nitro). The face of the radio (the chrome area on this unit where you would normally attach a trim ring or mount into a dash kit) is about 1/2 as deep as any other double din radio available. This resulted in large, unacceptable gaps when I fit checked the radio with my dash kit. I wound up requesting a return the same day This may not be an issue for others but I couldn't make it work and I wanted future buyers to be aware of it. I didn't even bother to unpack the wire harness and the other accessories because if it physically won't fit, it doesn't mater how well it works.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay out of the box

    Cons: Odd faceplate design with a shallower front panel than every other double din radio out there.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), Mini (rear), RCA (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    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/SE/4S
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Smartphone Integration
    AppRadio & AppRadio Live Modes
    iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    USB & AV Connectivity
    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Audio Section

    Smartphone Integration

    Smartphone Connectivity: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the most popular mobile platforms for in-car entertainment. Not only does it support Apple iOS and Android, but it also supports MirrorLink for Samsung and Sony, giving you the most choices in smartphone compatibility. The AppRadio 4 provides Apple Lightning,  Apple 30-pin, USB, HDMI, and Bluetooth connectivity based on your type of smartphone. A smartphone connectivity kit will be required and sold separately.

    Note: You will need to indicate which smartphone device and what type of connection you are using in the AppRadio 4's setup menu.

    Made for iPhone: The AppRadio 4 offers full support for the iPhone with Lightning connector and partial support for other iPod devices with Lightning connector and iPod/iPhone devices with 30-pin connector. The AppRadio 4 is a true extension of your iPhone by giving you a 7" capacitive touchscreen to use familiar gestures you are already accustomed to on your phone. The AppRadio 4 offers -

    • AppRadio and AppRadio Live Modes for the iPhone with Lightning connector.
    • CarPlay for all iPhones with Lightning connector.
    • Bluetooth pairing for most iPod and iPhone models with built-in Bluetooth.
    • Direct USB connectivity for music playback from select iPod and iPhone devices with 30-pin or Lightning connector.

    Designed for Android: Offering support for some of the most popular Android phones on the market and with the flexibility of the Android mobile platform, the AppRadio 4 provides the ability to control, view, and listen to compatible apps running on select Android powered smartphones. The AppRadio 4 offers -

    • AppRadio mode for select MHL-enabled Android smartphones.
    • Bluetooth pairing for Android smartphones with built-in Bluetooth.
    • Direct USB connectivity for music playback from MSC compatible Android smartphones.
    • MirrorLink for select Samsung and Sony smartphones running Android operating system.

    Note: Click here for the latest MHL-enabled Android smartphones. Click here for a list of compatible MirrorLink mobile phones.

    AppRadio & AppRadio Live Modes

    AppRadio & AppRadioLive Compatibility: The AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) supports Pioneer's AppRadio & AppRadioLive applications through your compatible Apple iOS and MHL-enabled Android device. See below for compatibility and what type of cables are needed.

    • Apple iOS Compatibility: Use Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter, Pioneer's CD-IU52 Lightning Cable (or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device), and  a HDMI cable (all sold separately) to connect your iPhone with Lightning connector (iOS 7.0+) to the AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)'s rear-panel USB-1 port and HDMI input. Your iPhone will also require Bluetooth pairing with the Pioneer receiver.
    • Android Compatibility: You will need Pioneer's Android cable kit (130CDAH200, sold separately) to connect your compatible MHL-enabled Android smartphone (OS 2.3+) to the AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)'s rear-panel USB-2 port and HDMI input. Click here for compatible Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Samsung Note II/II/IV also require an additional Samsung adapter (sold separately).
      • The Samsung MHL adapter (EPL-FU10BEBSTD, not sold at Crutchfield) is also needed for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II.
      • The Samsung HDMI adapter (EPL-3FHUBEGSTD, not sold at Crutchfield) is also needed for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note III.
      • The Samsung MHL 2.0 adapter (ET-H10FAUWESTA, not sold at Crutchfield) is also needed for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note IV.
    Note: Your iPhone or Android phone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. Access to these online AppRadio app services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. AppRadio apps may not be available in all regions.

    AppRadio Mode: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) supports Pioneer's AppRadio mode application via iPhone (iOS 7.0+) and select MHL-enabled Android smartphones (OS 4.0+). Simply download the application from the Apple App Store or Google Play onto your compatible smartphone device. AppRadio offers full on-screen access and control of your smartphone's music, navigation, calendar, contacts, and more with an intuitive interface; formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. Pioneer has also teamed up with various 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 for iPhone & Android consists of a variety of navigation, music, & utility apps. These integrated application are displayed on the AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120)'s LCD touchscreen. You are able to select, view, and even control many of the apps from the Pioneer receiver. Available apps within AppRadio will depend on your type of smartphone (iPhone or Android) and your region.

    • Navigation: The following navigation apps can be utilized within AppRadio. Purchase and Subscription fees may apply for some applications.
      • Apple & Google Maps: You can view your iPhone or Android smartphone's Apple or Google maps on the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen as you would on your mobile device.
      • Waze: Waze, for iPhone  & Android, is a social GPS driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers. When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute.
      • INRIX Traffic: INRIX (for iPhone) 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. INRIX Traffic 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 AppRadio, while control is still handled from the iPhone.
      • iGO Primo North America: The IGO Primo app (for iPhone) app is powered by the same tried-and-trusted iGO Engine used in millions of GPS navigation devices around the world. The maps are part of the application so there are no roaming fees (no need for cellular network coverage). Highlighted features include; fast, short, easy-to-follow, and green routes, automatic route recalculation, multipoint-route support, smart keyboard & history, TTS Pro, in-app shop, local/POI search, and more.
      • Navmii GPS USA: Navmii GPS USA is a free navigation app (for iPhone & Android) that offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use, address search and live search via Google or Microsoft Bing. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of user around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone, so a data connection is not required.
    • Driver Assistant: In addition to navigation apps, AppRadio offers Driver Assistant apps to help with parking, communication, and vehicle diagnostic. Purchase and Subscription fees may apply for some applications.
      • DashCommand: DashCommand (for iPhone & Android) utilizes the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors in your phone to provide advanced features such as the skid pad, race track, and inclinometer. A separate OBD-II interface module (sold separately) is required.
      • Extra Mile: Extra Mile (for iPhone & Android) is an all-in-one app for convenient voice navigation gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel.
      • Beej!: Beej! (for iPhone) is an in-vehicle location/navigation application. Beej! quickly identifies your position and allows you to select the nearest bank, bar, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant and more. Beej! provides a complete list of all the businesses in the category selected, including the distance from your current location and address, with options to get directions or place a call to the selected business.
      • Parkopedia: Parkopedia (for iPhone) has grown to cover over 25 million parking spaces in 28 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to find parking using your current location or by entering an address. Get directions straight to the space and see parking space availability in real-time (where available). Find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more. You can quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc.
      • TPMS: The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) app (for iPhone and Android) automatically monitors pressures and temperatures of tires in real-time. It immediately alerts drivers when there is an abnormal tire pressure through voice alerts and flashing lights.
      • Glympse: Glympse (for Android) is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. No sign-up needed and no new social network to manage. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your ETA and location in real-time for the length of time you choose. When the timer on your Glympse expires, your location is no longer visible. Best of all, recipients do not need any special software to view a Glympse. Send a Glympse via SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter, and recipients can view it using any web-enabled device.
    • Music: AppRadio mode gives you access to music stored on your smartphone device and from various online music services. Purchase and Subscription fees may apply for some applications.
      • CarMediaPlayer: The CarMediaPlay app (for iPhone & Android) allows you to swipe and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your Android device's music library directly from the Pioneer touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View functions. Stored movies and videos can also be accessed through the CarMediaPlayer. Video can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
      • Aupeo!: The Aupeo! music app (for iPhone & Android) offers more than 120 Internet radio stations. Users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs, genres, or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner". Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the head unit's touchscreen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.
      • iHeartAuto Radio: The iHeartAuto Radio app (for iPhone & Android) app offers safe, easy, free access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country. Plus, in the same app you can create custom stations based on your favorite artists or songs. With the top live radio stations in America and more than 15 million songs in our catalog, iHeartAuto features more music, backed by better music programming, than any other service available.
      • Mixtrax: Pioneer's proprietary Mixtrax app (for iPhone & Android) analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
      • 7digital: The 7digital app (for Android) is a leading digital music provider which sells high quality MP3s across 32 countries worldwide. With over 20 million tracks in store, you're sure to find what you're looking for. With this app you can Sync your 7digital music from the cloud to your phone wirelessly, play music that is already stored on your device, and browse top album and track charts, new releases and recommendations right on the screen of this Pioneer navigation receiver.
      • StreamS HiFi Radio: The StreamS HiFi Radio app (for iPhone) 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.
      • gMusic: The Google Music app (for iPhone) allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. Now you can listen to your entire music collection without having to use any space on your iOS device. gMusic offers full playlist editing, thumbs up playlist, metadata editing, and innovative navigation.
      • Stezza: The Stezza app (for iPhone) has big buttons for big fingers. Featuring a modern design, playing music has never been safer when driving. Multiple color themes for the fashion conscious, all the usual controls, podcasts, and iTunes Match supported.
      • MyPV: The MyPV app (for iPhone) uses an up-to-date music video ranking system from eight countries across the world, so you can select your favorite promotional videos and create playlists. You can put videos registered on your playlists on continuous playback. Because you can also register search results from YouTube for playlists, you can easily create lists using your favorite videos. You can also repeat and loop videos registered on your playlists.
    • Utility: AppRadio mode offers additional helpful apps along your commute. Purchase and Subscription fees may apply for some applications.
      • Contacts & Calendar: Access your contacts on your iPhone or Android phone from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen. You can also access your smartphone's calendar; view important events and reminders.
      • Photos: View photos stored on your iPhone or Android device. Access albums and camera rolls and even view a slideshow.
      • CarBrowser: The CarBrowser app (for iPhone) allows you to search and navigate the internet directly from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen while the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
      • Commute WX: The Commute WX app (for iPhone) provides real-time weather information (current/forecast/in-route). Weather conditions are featured in large, easy to read graphics in a streamlined user interface that's well suited for in-vehicle travel.
      • Top Headlines: The Top Headlines app (for iPhone) is an audible news app which lets you listen to the most recent new updates from multiple sources.
      • EC Touch: The EasyCar app (for iPhone) is designed specifically for AppRadio and provides large icons, simple commands, and swipe gestures that enable you to access your iPhone's music, contacts, mapping, and more.
      • Voice Directory: The Voice Directory app (for Android) is a hands-free app that uses voice to search Yellow Pages' business listings in the US and call the phone number directly. Use voice to search for a business near you or by city and state, to search by business name or business type, or to call the business directly.
      • CarKeyboard: The CarKeyboard app (for Android) allows you to input text directly from the 6.95" touchscreen display of the Pioneer head unit. CarKeyboard is a customizable multi-language keyboard that works in conjunction with the AppRadio app and can also be used as the default keyboard on your Android device.
      • Maxthon for Pioneer: The Maxthon Mobile Web Browser app (for Android) is packed with cool features completely free with no ads.
    Note: Click here to view complete list of compatible AppRadio apps.

    AppRadioLive: Now within the AppRadio App mode is the AppRadioLive App for iPhone with Lightning connector (iOS 7.0+), plus select MHL-enabled Android (OS 4.2+) smartphones. The AppRadioLive app can be download at the Apple App Store or Google Play. The AppRadioLive app simplifies AppRadio mode and your drive by combining the information you need during your commute into a single, easy-to-use interface. Maps, media, news information, and your events calendar are within reach within a smooth and intuitive interface on the head unit's touchscreen.

    • Maps: The AppRadioLive app uses the native maps from your Apple or Android smartphone overlaid with INRIX live traffic data to provide live traffic and incident information to give you an estimated time of arrival at your chosen destination. You can even use Yelp to find points of interest along the way, including restaurant ratings and reviews. The AppRadioLive map feature also allows destinations to b exported directly into any of the user's favorite AppRadio compatible navigation apps; such as iGO Primo (iPhone only), Navfree (iPhone only), and Waze to obtain route and voice guidance.
    • Media: AppRadioLive also lets you play your stored music library directly from your smartphone. And, you can access over 25 millions songs from your Rdio account (iPhone only). Or, you can access over 25,000+ radio shows and podcasts from your Stitcher account.
    • Events: AppRadioLive lets you stay up to date on the latest news with the help of Feedly and text-to-speech technology. You can check the weather for your current location, home, work, or destination. With text-to-speech technology, the Pioneer receiver will even read you the latest news stories from the internet.
    • Calendar: The AppRadioLive app lets you stay organized by accessing your smartphone's calendar and Facebook events in a single, simple interface. With multiple viewing options within its sleek, simple user interface, you can access your smartphone and Facebook calendars in one place, RSVP to Facebook events and use EventSeeker to find nearby concerts and events based on your personal interests and location.

    iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: The AppRadio 4 features Apple CarPlay. CarPlay is the smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone in the vehicle. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch. Apple CarPlay is compatible with Apple iPhone with Lightning-connector (iOS 7.1+). Your iPhone must be connected to the AppRadio's USB 1 port via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Pioneer's CD-IU52 Lightning Cable (sold separately). CarPlay supports Siri voice control and is specially designed for hands-free driving scenarios. It also works with the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen controls and offers functionality just like your iPhone with Lightning connector.

    • Maps: Apple CarPlay brings the power and simplicity of Apple Maps to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone & Messages: Via Apple CarPlay, you'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Pioneer head receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Through Apple CarPlay, you can ccess your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Apple continues to add more apps to CarPlay. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):
    Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Pioneer's CD-MU200 cable (130CDMU200, sold separately). For Car Play, you will only use the CD-MU200's 58" USB extension cable, and not the included 19" micro-to-USB cable. Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay or Android Auto to malfunction.

    iPod/iPhone Direct via USB: In addition to full support of the iPhone with Lightning connector, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 also supports playback of stored music and music apps (but not AppRadio app) from other 30-pin or Lightning connector Apple devices via either USB port. Simply use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately, or the Lightning or 30-pin cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the AppRadio 4. You can control your 30-pin or Lightning connector Apple device from the AppRadio 4's touchscreen, as well as view song/artist information on-screen.

    • Content Browsing: From the head unit, you can search your Apple device's audio content by iTunes Radio, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and your video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, or TV Show.
    • ABC Search: Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Link Search: 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.
    • Repeat & Random: You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • Song/Artist Info: In addition, the AppRadio 4 receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art.
    Note: The receiver's USB connection provides 1.6A of current to power and charge your connected Apple device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your Apple device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 2/9/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone AppRadio CarPlay Pandora Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    3GS 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The AppRadio 4 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), 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), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Bluetooth connectivity for iPod/iPhone will automatically be terminated when your Apple device is connected to the AppRadio 4 via a Lightning or 30-pin to USB cable.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AppRadio 4 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.

    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 AppRadio 4.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The AppRadio 4 supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/OPP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the AppRadio 4 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 AppRadio 4 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 AppRadio 4, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Direct Dialing: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad (0-9, *, #, +).
    • Preset Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.
    • Phone Book (w/ Alphabet Search): The phone book (up to 800 contacts) 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 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 (A-Z).
    • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    Note: All Bluetooth phone functions are available with or without the parking brake engaged.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Pioneer AppRadio 4 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 AppRadio 4 lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 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.

    Siri Eyes-Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri (iOS 6.1+) via Bluetooth, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone for "Siri Eyes-Free" functionality. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle's speakers and the user's commands and questions are received and transmitted to the receiver using the external microphone. Siri Eyes-Free provides access to many iPhone Siri functions such as music selection, making phone calls, and audible navigation (map will be displayed on iPhone); as well as listening to text messages, calendar information, and reminders. The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

    Note:  The head unit's touchscreen monitor will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer AppRadio 4; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio 4 using your USB-connected (port 1), Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), as well as Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The Pioneer AppRadio 4 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your Station or Genre List and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.

    • iPhone Connectivity: Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AppRadio 4 via the appropriate Pioneer CD-IU52 iPod connector cable (sold separately), the connector-cable that came with your iPhone, or via Bluetooth.
    • Android Connectivity: Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AppRadio 4. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Note: Access to the Pandora Radio service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display. 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 Station Memory) lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under presets 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The AM/FM tuner has 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets. You can even enter an AM/FM frequency directly, using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9). Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.

    USB & AV Connectivity

    Dual USB Ports: The unit's two rear-panel USB (type-A) ports 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), portable digital audio player, 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 AppRadio 4. The receiver also display song/artist information and will charge your connected USB device.

    • Music Browsing: Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB & SD/SDHC memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order.
    • Link Play: Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play 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.
    • Song/Artist Info: The receiver will display elapsed playing time, artist name, song title, album title, and album art.
    • Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (1.6A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: The unit's USB ports are not compatible with newer MTP Android smartphones running Honeycomb or newer operating systems (OS).

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a MSC USB device.

    Media Type USB (MSC only)
    File System FAT 32 or NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: 8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WMA: 5-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    AAC:
    8-320kbps bit rate; 8-48kHz sampling rates
    WAV: 8-/16-bit rate; 16-48kHz sampling rates
    FLAC: 8-/16-bit rate; 16-44.1kHz sampling rates
    Video DivX: 720 x 576 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    MPEG-2/4:
    400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    H.264:
    400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    WMV: 400 x 240 max resolution; 4GB max file size
    Photo JPEG: max resolution of 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 1,500 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.

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 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 (w/ Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. You can simultaneously enjoy the same or different sources in the front and rear of your vehicle. The unit's A/V output can be set to Mirror, AV-IN, USB, iPod, or Off. The Mirror mode simply outputs the same audio/video signal which is playing on the head unit's touchscreen monitor to your connected rear monitor/headphone system.

    HDMI Input: In addition to AppRadio mode for iPhone and Android, the receiver's HDMI input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device (not the Pioneer head unit).

    Rear View Camera: The AppRadio 4 is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input to connecting an optional rear-view camera, like Pioneer's ND-BC6 (130NDBC8, sold separately).

    • Auto Reverse Switching: The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image when an optional rear camera is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the reverse wire in the included harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.1 seconds.
    • Guidelines: The unit also provides four on-screen guidelines to assist you when backing up your vehicle.
    • Towing: You can even select for the rear-view camera to stay on at all times, so you can keep an eye on the trailer you are towing.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.2" LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The front of the Pioneer AppRadio 4 features a clean & simple aesthetic look with only six physical buttons (Home, Volume up/down, Mode, Skip Previous/Next) combined with a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.2" capacitive touchscreen display. This capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure, responds faster, and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously; all advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. The AppRadio 4' 6.2" capacitive touchscreen offers touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the AppRadio mode interface, CarPlay, MirrorLink, Pandora, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth. All of the AppRadio 4's controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation to promote a safe driving experience.

    • Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AppRadio 4'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".
    • OSD + Backgrounds: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background display can be selected from 8 different preset displays for the AV Operation screen and 5 different preset displays for the Home Menu screen. In addition, you can change the background display to other images imported from an external USB device.
    • 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), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).
    • Dimmer: To prevent the display from being too bright at night, the display 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.
    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 Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used touch-sensitive buttons along the left 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).

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music.

    Pass-Code Security: You can create a 5 to 16 character password that must be entered if the head unit is disconnected from power.

    Optional Steering Wheel Control Adapter: 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).

    Audio Section

    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 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 AppRadio 4 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.

    4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer AppRadio 4 features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Pioneer AppRadio 4 lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+6 to -24).

    Crossovers: The AppRadio 4 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/ 13-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 13-band graphic equalizer (50, 80, 125, 200, 315, 500, 800, 1.25k, 2k, 3.15k, 5k, 8k, and 12.5k Hz).

    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 microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's rear-panel AUX 3.5mm input. The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

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

    • Listening Position & Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-200") for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • 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 (AM, Pandora, iPod, Apps) 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.

    MIXTRAX: 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 is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App/Media App Control mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

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    Replacement for factory cassette deck/cd player [ Stephen  Feb 22, 2017 ]
    wanted it [ Austin  Feb 22, 2017 ]
    Really like idea of Apple CarPlay, we'll see how it works... [ JOSEPH A  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    Wanted Apple CarPlay for a reasonable price. This one did the trick. [ Otto  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    I've always had my eyes on Pioneer equipment, but always held off because I'd read about the poor touch interface. Finally, with Apple Carplay, that problem is solved. [ Jordan  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    Cost, positive reviews and CarPlay. [ James R.  Jan 18, 2017 ]
    already have 3 love them. [ Brian  Jan 03, 2017 ]
    I've previously owned an AppRadio and just loved the ease of connectivity with my iPhone. [ Luis  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    the unit received good review and I wanted to upgrade my jeep factory radio [ sly  Oct 28, 2016 ]
    Looks cool. Hope it works as well as it says. [ Troy  Aug 13, 2016 ]
    I wanted CarPlay and a Pioneer. [ Joshua  Aug 09, 2016 ]
    I have a iPhone 6s Plus and heard about this app radio and how compatible it is with my iphone [ Aaron  Jun 24, 2016 ]
    Advisor reviewed several products comparatively, this one won. [ Richard  May 11, 2016 ]
    This radio is awesome for those who love the features of their phone and all the input options. Beware you cannot use a video bypass on this unit or a single pole double throw relay because this system takes too long to boot and the bypasses do their job before the radio is ready to detect them. However you can install a switch to do the job and it will work just fine. I love this unit, but I will say you need to read the Manuel because there is a learning curve on this one. [ william  Mar 23, 2016 ]
    Sounds like a good stereo plus I have iPhones [ CASEY  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    up grade from my old pioneer dvh1400 dvd unit [ JEFFREY R  Feb 10, 2016 ]
    The Pioneer had all of the features that I was looking for in a video unit. I had specific needs, such as Android control, at least a 4volt preamplifier section, and the ability to play FLAC files while the phone was simultaneously hooked up. This unit had great reviews and was the best price for performance I found after many hours of research. [ Jason  Feb 04, 2016 ]
    apple car play [ John  Jan 01, 2016 ]
    I wanted a stereo with a good smart phone interface. With the mail in $100 rebate, it seemed like a reasonable price. I hope it works well! [ Matthew  Dec 16, 2015 ]
    Apple CarPlay and good reviews [ Kirby  Dec 14, 2015 ]
    Recently bought another Pioneer from Crutchfield and am extremely happy wit it. [ Gary  Dec 09, 2015 ]

    100 questions already asked

    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Kenny  Feb 14, 2017 ]  Staff
    Unfortunately not. In fact, Waze will prompt you to disconnect from the stereo. [ Adam  Feb 11, 2017 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Jan 22, 2017 ]  Staff
    I have a 7 it works okay [ clarence  Jan 23, 2017 ]
    All iphones are supported. Im using my iphone 7 plus woth this unit [ David  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    I have yet to update for firmware and my sons iphone 7 worked fine recently. I use a 6s regularly and it's fine. It's also important to note this radio works great with just Bluetooth pairing on the pioneer side of the software (not carplay). [ ERIK M  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    I use it with my iPhone 7 ...works great [ Loren  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Jan 04, 2017 ]  Staff
    Unfortunately no. You can only sync one phone at a time via Bluetooth. I believe this is a Bluetooth protocol limitation and not a function of the stereo. That said, the app radio will store multiple phones in memory so that whatever family member is driving, their phone will automatically connect. [ JAMES R  Dec 24, 2016 ]
    I havent tried it simultaneously, but it can save multiple phones [ Jesse  Dec 23, 2016 ]
    Yes and no. You would have an understanding of your cars radio/audio wiring diagram and what all that mic is connected to. Lots of newer cars use the drivers mic as input for sound canceling. If the diagram only shows the mic going to the factory radio then it is a possibility. You would have to make sure the factory mic wires are the same as the wires in a 2.5mm rca and make the right connections and it may work. You may also look for a wiring harness for your car that has the 2.5mm rca on it already, not sure if that's a thing. But it is a possibility, just don't do anything you aren't 100% sure of or beyond your skill level. Good luck. [ william  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    Hi, It uses a small mic that comes with the unit, I installed mine on top of my steering column. directly in front of me. you do have to speak loudly if there is any kind of external noise all in ll it works decent, not great but decent. I can't for the life of me figure out how to set the clock on the unit, it won't let me set the minutes,just a heads up [ anthony  Oct 27, 2016 ]
    The headunit has an external mic. The phone's mic is not used. Call audio is through car speakers. Call quality is good. [ christopher  Oct 26, 2016 ]
    This head unit does not support wireless CarPlay, but it uses the lightning connector on your phone for all CarPlay features including phone calls. Your installer or you can route the USB extension cable that comes with this to somewhere convienient in your car and you use a standard USB to Lightning (charging) cable to connect your phone to the head unit. Because the connection is direct it's usually better than Bluetooth performance. [ Joshua  Oct 13, 2016 ]
    This receiver does not support wireless CarPlay, you have to plug it in to connect. I have not found that to be an inconvenience. [ Aaron  Oct 11, 2016 ]
    It's gonna let you make and answer calls with the phone you have pairs via Bluetooth. Personally I've never tried to plug two iPhones into the device. You should just plug your iPhone that you make calls with into the radio with the appropriate cord per model and use Apple car play, it's freakin awesome. Though you have to have an iPhone 5 or newer for that. [ william  Sep 06, 2016 ]
    CarPlay is. It a function of the AppRadio itself it's a function of your iPhone. You can go into your phone settings and make custom adjustments on how CarPlay works and stuff. Just make sure you have the correct wires for your phone and your radio is set up for your phone and it's connections. Good luck [ william  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Aug 01, 2016 ]  Staff
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what fits and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Kenny  Jul 19, 2016 ]  Staff
    Yes, all the music function work. [ Matilde  Jul 09, 2016 ]
    Yes. It works fine with Apple Music. I was using it with Apple Music before I switched over to Spotify. Nothing against the head unit just issues I had with Apple Music itself. [ Jesse  Jul 09, 2016 ]
    Yes you will. Apple radio as well. [ CLAY  Jul 09, 2016 ]
    For Carplay connect the standard USB iphone lightning cable to USB port 1 of the Appradio unit. to use Appradio you will need an additional iphone lightning cable, HDMI cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Plug your iphone cable to USB port 2 of the appradio unit for this set-up. Personally the Appradio is not worth the trouble but Car play works great if you like Apple apps. [ DDD  Jun 24, 2016 ]
    For that type of installation I would definitely recommend reaching out to one of our Product Advisors by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine what would work best for your needs and system. [ Kenny  Jun 10, 2016 ]  Staff
    Thanks for your question. Yes any receiver with a composite video rear-view camera input such as this Pioneer will work. On the main product page for this Pioneer receiver click on the "Accessories" tab and choose the sub menu option: Rear-view and Auxiliary Cameras, and you will see a good size list of compatible cameras. They range in price from 59.99 to 169.99. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Jun 10, 2016 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  May 23, 2016 ]  Staff
    For legal reasons and safety concerns, this unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming 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. I hope that helps. [ Larry  May 08, 2016 ]  Staff
    Go to the Pioneer website, pull up the radio, and look for what is included in the box. Then contact crutchfield and see if they have any installation kits for your vehicle. That should give you an idea of what you need. Also, the manual can be downloaded on Pioneer's site. [ JR Lance  Apr 11, 2016 ]
    Not sure it's been a while. I would contact Pioneer with radio model number they should have all the details on it. [ KRESS  Apr 11, 2016 ]
    You can music on the iPhones and use maps. I've never tried two devices plunged in [ BRIAN  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Yes, it will do two things at once. Be aware though that to have full functionality your phone must connect via USB. [ Philip  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Using just one iPhone, yes I do that all the time via lightening connector. The music dims and the directions play on top. You can even use Waze and you will still get voice prompts, you just won't see it on the screen. It does not work with the pioneer radio. From my experience it seems you either use Car Play or you use the pioneer side. There may be a way with the Pioneer App radio stuff but I have not played with it enough. I have not tried using two devices yet. I imagine it will not work as it's probably like using the radio - CarPlay locks in on one device. I will try later this week as I do have two cables connected and will confirm my findings. [ ERIK M  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    It sounds like you are asking if you can listen to music at the same time use gps navigation, with both functions served by your iPhone (iPods don't have gps). If that is the question, yes. CarPlay is basically a big touchscreen for your phone. If your phone can do it, it will continue to work that way. [ WILLIAM  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Your phone has to be plugged in for maps to work. Music will play via usb through CarPlay at this time and will cut in when needed to advise on map directions. [ JAMES J  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    I have not used the Bluetooth feature yet but I can tell you that you can play music on your iPhone and use the map feature at the same time. [ Donald  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Yes u can do both at the same time and is one of the best unit i have not regreted purchasing , you will really love its performance too [ HENRY  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Once you plug in your IPhone to use CarPlay all other sources donot work. CarPlay will play music from your IPhone and do maps at the same time. The radio is the only other source that will play while in CarPlay mode. [ carlos  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    If what you're asking is can you run two inputs at once, being iPhone for CarPlay functions and an iPod for music, the answer is no. The unit only allows you to have one Input at a time. [ Brett  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Yes. You can have music playing from the Music app, Pandora, or Spotify and use the Maps app at the same time. If you're in one of music apps to change a song or whatever reason, it will place a Maps app icon on the top left of the screen for you to easily switch back to view your directions. [ Cosme Marcel  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    Yes you can have map directions and listen to pandora Spotify or and aux input at the same time [ Alex  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    Yes [ Jesse  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    Yes you can. [ Derek  Feb 27, 2016 ]
    Yes you can [ Dylan  Feb 26, 2016 ]
    If someone wanted to steal it, they would have disassemble the dash to get to the mounting bolts. on the inside. [ Jordan  Feb 25, 2016 ]
    If you use the stock screws for the head unit and if someone knows how to remove the central dash vents in my Mazda 3, it would be pretty easy to steal. I would look into some non-standard screws that require a special tool for removal and you would be good. [ Steven  Feb 25, 2016 ]
    There is no anti-theft mechanism of which I am aware. [ Christopher  Feb 25, 2016 ]
    You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Feb 24, 2016 ]  Staff
    All the radios we carry are designed specifically to work with vehicles released in the United States and tune all US/North American AM & FM frequencies. There are some models we carry that also offer European tuning which lets you tune to the European interval of .05 kHz on the FM frequency band; however, this Pioneer AppRadio 4 does not support European tuning. You may want to try looking on Pioneer's Australian website to find a retailer in your area for more info: http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/products/25/page.html [ Larry  Feb 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    No, it will not. [ Robin M.  Feb 15, 2016 ]
    Yes, it is possible through the ApprRadio, not CarPlay so make sure it is set up properly. Read the instructions. [ JR Lance  Feb 15, 2016 ]
    I don't know. I haven't tried [ LEWIS J  Feb 15, 2016 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Jan 29, 2016 ]  Staff
    Works fine. Remember to connect your iPhone to the USB1 port on the back of the radio. Otherwise the carplay option will not work. [ Nicolas  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    Yes, this radio will work with iphone 6 and IOS 9. Make sure you updated the firmware for the radio. I have a 6 plus running IOS 9 and it works just fine. [ Julio  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    Yes, it works in my iPhone 6 using the same iOS version. [ Christopher  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    Yes. This will work with iOS 9 on your iPhone 6. I use this with my iPhone 6s on 9.0.2. I mainly use it for CarPlay so I don't know how the Appradio portion works. But CarPlay works with lightning devices on iOS 8.1 +. [ Jesse  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Jan 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    No [ AARON D  Jan 26, 2016 ]
    No radio or iPhone media playet [ Craig  Jan 23, 2016 ]
    No it doesn't have a DVD player [ CARMEN H  Jan 22, 2016 ]
    Hey man, to be honest I haven't installed the stereo. It's for a project car, that was put on the back burner due to some financial issues. [ DAVID  Jan 22, 2016 ]
    Does not have a disk drive. But can play movies from a usb hard drive [ cody  Jan 22, 2016 ]
    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  Jan 16, 2016 ]  Staff
    Only Apple maps [ paul  Jan 10, 2016 ]
    Yes, it works flawlessly in conjunction with google maps on an iOS device. [ Alexander  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Dec 28, 2015 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Dec 26, 2015 ]  Staff
    AppRadio Unchained Reloaded does with with the appradio 4 but you have to have a rooted phone im pretty sure not matter what radio you use the app with. the last i looked they added support for the external GPS antenna to be used instead of the phones so that it would get better accuracy and not drain the phones power. Ive used on a rooted motorolla droid 4 it and it works with my appradio 4 although the phone itself is old and slow. Id advise to read people reviews of the appradio unchained reloaded app as it also has pros and cons to be tailored to your personal needs. The main reason i went with the appradio 4 over the 3 was because it played FLAC files natively from a USB stick. It also has support for apple carplay if you have an iphone. the buttons are also different but if i already had an appradio 3 with a rooted phone i think playing FLAC files from the phone over the MHL connection would sound good enough. unless you have an iphone i would not think it would be worth the upgrade costs. [ Ryan  Dec 21, 2015 ]
    IVe only had the 4 and I can confirm that it does work. Though depending on the phone you have, it may be cumbersome to set up or just simply not work. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and it refuses to work with that phone because of the extra resolution along the edge of the screen I am told. I does work on the Note 3. Have not tested any other phones. [ Mark  Dec 21, 2015 ]
    Your cd magazine unit will work ONLY if it can be connected to the head unit with RCA type connectors. If your cd magazine connects with proprietary factory connectors it will not. [ Wyatt  Dec 07, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Dec 07, 2015 ]  Staff
    Nope. Does not have Wi-Fi to support this. [ Suhail  Nov 08, 2015 ]
    not sure first time I heard about wireless Apple play. I went on pioneer his website and there is a firmware update that involves Apple play. I'll be installing that in the near future possibly I can let you know then [ RANDY  Nov 08, 2015 ]
    Sorry, the Bluetooth works for music and telephone. [ JR Lance  Nov 08, 2015 ]
    I may be mistaken but I do not think so. The Bluetooth connection seems to be strictly for telephone usage. CarPlay only comes on when the cable is attached. [ JR Lance  Nov 08, 2015 ]
    No [ CRAIG  Nov 08, 2015 ]
    It can be dimmed it in the settings. This receiver has a lot of functions that you wouldn't believe. It's definitely worth the buy!!!! [ CARMEN H  Oct 27, 2015 ]
    Well, I have numerous complaints about this device, but the brightness of the screen is not among them. I don't believe you can adjust the brightness of the screen, but it does not seem overly bright to me. My issues with this device are 1. software related to CarPlay by Apple and 2. just specific to this device. I'm not totally sure which category each complaint falls into; the reader can decide. Complaint 1: It randomly stops using CarPlay and defaults to the Pioneer interface. Complaint 2: The Pioneer interface sucks for plugging in and playing from the iPhone (though the Bluetooth works great). I have had this device for about 10 months now and have yet to play songs while the phone is plugged in to charge, through the Pioneer interface. Complaint 3: The touchscreen is persnickety. It's probably not_that_bad, but since it looks like an Apple screen, when you touch it you expect it to have Apple quality, and well, it just does not. Complaint 4: If you want to use a different map / directions app other than the standard iOS Map, you are out of luck (if you want to use it with your phone plugged in and for the map to work on the screen of the Pioneer). Complaint 5: The iOS interface for Music & Now Playing is not that great compared to the interface on the iPhone or iPad after recent updates. Specifically, most of the functionality of Apple Music is lost on the Pioneer or it is simply to difficult to navigate while driving. I will say that, using the CarPlay interface for sending and receiving texts works great. It reads your text to you and you speak your response. However, you cannot send/receive texts in this way using the Pioneer interface. And, have I mentioned before that the unit inexplicably reverts to the Pioneer interface at random? Overall, when considering purchasing this, ask yourself what you really want it for? I don't know if it functions any better or worse than other models that allow CarPlay. [ Brooke  Oct 26, 2015 ]
    The wire harness does have a connection for the vehicles dimmer. However, when I try to adjust the brightness through the vehicle dash dimmer control nothing happens. There is a brightness setting built into the radio itself that can be accessed through the menus. The level that I have mine set to is not at all distracting. You just can't control it directly from the vehicle dimmer. I owned this head unit for a few months before it was stolen. I replaced it with a Pioneer AVH-4100NEX. Cost a bit more but WELL worth the extra money. If you can afford the extra I would recommend it over the AppRadio. If the higher price is a problem then I say the AppRadio is still a great radio. [ Doss Moving  Oct 26, 2015 ]
    This is a fantastic unit. They are correct that it is bright and I have not found a way to dim down the display, however you can chance the color scheme to somethings little less distractive at night or upload your own background to something you like. [ Troy  Oct 26, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Oct 20, 2015 ]  Staff
    Make sure you have the right audio source selected on your phone. Siri may be responding because your phone can hear you and not your car mic. [ JAMES S  Oct 19, 2015 ]
    I had the same problem. Turn the volume up on the stereo right after you bring Siri up. For some reason Siri volume is controlled separate from the stereo volume. [ Michael  Oct 19, 2015 ]
    I am having the same issues sporadically. Pioneer did release a 1.09 firmware update which I haven't installed and that it may solve this. Hope this helps. [ Romano Uni / we  Oct 19, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Oct 17, 2015 ]  Staff
    No [ Robin M.  Oct 10, 2015 ]
    No. [ Patrick  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    It does not. There is not a cd or dvd drive on this unit. [ JR Lance  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    No [ CRAIG  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    No [ RANDY  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    No. [ Chris  Oct 09, 2015 ]
    Sorry I am not sure about this questions and how to help answer it. Did want too chine of quick on the overall usage and quality of the unit. Mine freezies up a lot while driving and have to restart car for it to work again. And to get any app too continually work is impossible. Pandora always needs to be reset on phone and anything in the app radio section screen really sucks. Random play on the usb drive is a joke. 900+ songs and I hear the same ones over and over. I hate this radio unit! Waste of my money!!!! Tell all about what I think and say about this crap deck!!! [ derek  Sep 28, 2015 ]
    Yes [ Jeremy  Sep 21, 2015 ]
    Yep [ david  Sep 21, 2015 ]
    You sure can it has amp pre outs for front and rear speakers as well as subs. You will need an amp to make the subs work though, but yes you can hook your subs to this head unit. [ william  Sep 21, 2015 ]