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Pioneer AVH-2550NEX DVD receiver

Item # 130AV2550

I use my smartphone for a lot of useful tasks (and entertainment), and I don't want to give that up in my car.

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About the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX

Ken Nail

A smart receiver for my smartphone

I use my smartphone for a lot of useful tasks (and entertainment), and I don't want to give that up in my car. Pioneer's AVH-2550NEX DVD receiver offers nearly seamless integration with my phone, with easy access to navigation, music, podcasts, contacts and more. And you don't have to be an iPhone® user like me — your Android™ will feel right at home too. Check out these options:

A smart receiver for my smartphone

I use my smartphone for a lot of useful tasks (and entertainment), and I don't want to give that up in my car. Pioneer's AVH-2550NEX DVD receiver offers nearly seamless integration with my phone, with easy access to navigation, music, podcasts, contacts and more. And you don't have to be an iPhone® user like me — your Android™ will feel right at home too. Check out these options:

  • Apple CarPlay — CarPlay is an iOS user's dream. Plug in your iPhone and you'll access a super user-friendly iOS styled interface with voice control that lets you quickly jump into your music, podcasts, messages, streaming music and more. CarPlay's a no-brainer for me — it's the safest and easiest way to use your iPhone in the car, hands down.

  • Android Auto™ — Your media, nav, phone, apps, and more are organized in a simple, clean interface with voice control that gives Android users an easy way to hit the road.

  • WebLink® — WebLink makes it easy to access and display popular apps like YouTube and others through a simple USB connection.

"This Pioneer keeps the tradition of well-designed interfaces going strong."

Intuitive, customizable interface

The AVH-2550NEX boasts a bright and crystal-clear VGA display with plenty of customization options. You can set your home screen to display your favorite sources, and then switch between them with just a single touch, letting you pay more attention to the road, and less to operating your stereo. This Pioneer keeps the tradition of well-designed interfaces going strong.

Spotify and Pandora® control

If you're like me and use streaming services a lot, you'll appreciate how you can control your Pandora and Spotify accounts from the receiver. Just connect your iPhone via USB or Bluetooth®, or pair up your Android with Bluetooth and you're all set. You can even create new Pandora stations on the fly just by pressing a button.

Bluetooth wireless command

The AVH-2550NEX is ready to roll with hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music. Plus, with your compatible iPhone, you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality, using your voice to place calls, select music, hear notifications, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.

Awesome A/V

The receiver's LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — that sure helps keep things calm in the back seat. And you can plug in two cameras, plus enjoy parking guidelines with rear-view cams.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The AVH-2550NEX offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the Pioneer's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

You'll need a wired connection to your parking brake to access settings and other features on this receiver. Your parking brake must be connected and set in order to view video on its screen.

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.

Smartphone note: If you're going to use your smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver
    • 6.8" VGA touchscreen
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • HD Radio tuner
    • customizable touchscreen interface
    • 5 display colors, 112 key color options
    Smartphone Features (see Details for info on compatibility with specific smartphones and apps):
    • Apple CarPlay compatible
    • Android Auto compatible
    • WebLink for access and display of YouTube and other iPhone apps
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • playback and control of music files on compatible Android devices
    • Siri Hands Free and Google VR with compatible phones
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from flash media
    • 13-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Advanced Sound Retriever
    • Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
    • compatible with SiriusXM's aftermarket satellite radio tuner (sold separately, subscription required)
    • inputs: rear USB port, rear audio/video input (minijack), dual camera inputs
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • wired connection to parking brake required to access settings and other features on this receiver (the brake must be connected and set for video display)
    • built-in amp (14 watts RMS CTA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • CTA-2006 compliant
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • remote control
    • compatible with iDatalink Maestro module
      • retains factory features for a variety of vehicles
      • displays engine performance data and other info on touchscreen
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # AVH-2550NEX

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ integrated 6.8" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Remote control (CXE5116)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 58" USB extension cable
    • Microphone w/ visor-bracket (attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angled 2.5mm connector)
    • Two-sided tape
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Counter-sunk ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Installation Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Sheet

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    Stacey B.

    Features & specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear), RCA (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power 1.5A
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control Y
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 11ProMax/11Pro/11/XSMax/XS/XR/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 14 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple,Google,Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google,Waze
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 6.8
    Screen Type Basic (Resistive)
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
    High-res Playback FLAC (192kHz)
    The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX replaces these items:

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    Internet+SiriusXM+HD Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    iPhone & Android Integration

    Android Auto: The Pioneer NEX receiver supports the Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Oreo 8.0 or newer. Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the NEX receiver's rear-panel USB port via the included USB extension cable and your phone's USB cable, plus be paired via Bluetooth (your vehicle's parking brake needs to be engaged to initially setup Android Auto). Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into a simple on-screen interface that is simple to use in the vehicle. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

    • Google Assistant: The Pioneer receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, listen to music, or even control select Google Assistant smarthome enabled devices.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Alpine receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Alpine receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Slacker Radio, Tune-In, and more; as well as news, sports and talk radio apps. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible apps for Android Auto.
    • Make sure the "USB MTP" setting in the receiver's menu is turned off before using Android Auto.
    • Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable. Click here for more details.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one supplied.
    • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and in park or have the parking brake engaged.

    Apple CarPlay: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX features Apple CarPlay, the smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car. The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX supports Apple CarPlay through your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning connector. Your iPhone can be connected to the NEX-series head unit's rear-panel USB port via the included USB extension cable and a Lightning-to-USB cable. Apple CarPlay is specially designed for driving scenarios. You can control CarPlay from the Pioneer receiver's touchscreen controls or use Siri to control to control CarPlay with just your voice. You'll be able to use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mails, send/receive text messages, select music, and even control Apple HomeKit compatible devices in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • Navigation Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes 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. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze, you can choose to navigate via the Google Maps or Waze application instead of Apple Maps. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have their own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Pioneer 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: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Pioneer receiver'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 (subscriptions and fees may apply). Control these apps from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include:
    • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.


    • Use the included USB extension cable and an "Apple Certified" Lightning-to-USB extension cable (not included) for connection. Any other USB extension cable or non-certified cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

    WebLink (for iPhone & Android): Download the WebLink Host app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 5.0+) and connect your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone via USB to access select apps such as YouTube, Yelp, and Zomato through the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX. The apps must be downloaded on your compatible mobile device and can then be accessed through the Pioneer receiver's touchscreen using the WebLink interface.

    • YouTube: With WebLink, you can access YouTube (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) and play videos on the Pioneer receiver's touchscreen monitor (your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged). You can select videos from a variety of categories or search by keyword(s).
    • Yelp: Yelp (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions submitted. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. Let Yelp help you find the best Restaurants, Hotels, Automotive Service Centers, Banks, Shopping Malls, and more. Search by Category, Favorites, Distance, Point on the Map, or Keyword. A keyword search requires that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • Zomato: Zomato (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) lets you search for and discover restaurants to eat out at or order in from. Browse through restaurant menus, photos, user reviews and ratings to decide where you want to eat, and use the map feature to guide you there.
    • MediaPlayer: WebLink's MediaPlayer allows you to access your Apple iOS or Android devices stored music and video library for playback (content must be stored on the device and not the cloud). From the receiver's touchscreen, you can browse your phone's music library by Artist, Album, Genres, Playlist, or Songs. You can also search your music by typing in an artist's name or a song title (the vehicle's parking brake has to be engaged for this feature). In addition, you get playback controls such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat. The DVD receiver's screen will display song/artist/album information, along with album art.
    • Once you have your device connected to the head unit and you have selected WebLink as the source, the WebLink app is not controllable from your Apple iOS or Android device. If you need to control the WebLink app from your smartphone, you will have to disconnect your phone's cable from the Pioneer receiver.
    • The WebLink app must be opened as the primary app on your phone. If you press the home button or go to access other apps on your phone, the WebLink apps will pause on the Pioneer receiver, until the WebLink app is the primary app again. WebLink will not work with the app only running in the background.
    • Some apps within WebLink will require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged to operate certain functions & features of the application.

    Alexa Voice Control: WebLink also gives you access to Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant. By downloading the Amazon Alexa app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) and the Vozsis with Alexa app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) in addition to the WebLink Host app (for Apple iOS 12.0+ or Android OS 6.0+) onto your compatible mobile device, you gain access to Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant. You'll be able to ask Alexa to play music from compatible music apps (such as Amazon Music and Pandora), make calls from your contacts or to a business, check news and weather, control smart home devices, and more. In addition to a USB connection, you'll also need to pair and connect your Apple iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to the Pioneer receiver. Alexa will be accessed through the WebLink app and touchscreen on the Pioneer receiver.


    • Alexa cannot be accessed by simply saying "Alexa" like on some smart speaker devices; Alexa will be accessed through the WebLink app and touchscreen on the Pioneer receiver.
    • Alexa does not control source, menu, and other internal functions of the Pioneer receiver. Alexa only supports control of its compatible cloud-based services.
    • Pioneer does not guarantee compatibility with all Alexa features and may not support some Alexa voice control functions.

    Smartphone Music Playback: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or WebLink, you can simply connect your Android or Apple iOS device via USB for music playback only through the Pioneer AVH-1500NEX.

    • Android MTP Compatible: The receiver supports MTP for playback & control of stored music files on your Android (OS 4.0+) device through the Pioneer receiver's rear-panel USB port. In this mode, you get basic playback control (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), plus song/artist information on the receiver's LCD screen. During MTP connection, you cannot use your Android smartphone's touchscreen to control music playback and you cannot select music apps from your smartphone for playback. However, you can continue to listen to stored music on your Android smartphone through the head unit while you check your Calendar, Facebook, Texts, etc on your phone. You smartphone's battery will also be charged while connected via USB (5V/1.5A).
    • iPod/iPhone Compatible: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX's rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning Apple device or 30-pin iPhone 4S to the head unit. You'll need a Lightning-to-USB cable to connect your Apple device with Lightning connector, or a 30-pin to USB cable to connect your iPhone 4S. The USB connection allows for audio playback (stored music and music apps), music browsing (playlist/song/artist/album/genre/etc.), song/artist/album display (including album art), and charging of your compatible iPhone or iPod. Additional powerful searching tools, such as Link Play and Alphabet Search help you find your content even faster.
      • ABC Category Search: Once you have selected a category (playlist/song/artist/album/genre/etc.), you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Link Search: Link Search 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.
    Note: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX does not support AOA 2.0 for Android devices.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 4/1/2020):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Compatible Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video CarPlay Head Unit iPod/iPhone WebLink Spotify Pandora Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/6/6+ 12.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE/6S/6S+ 13.2.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 13.2.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X/XR/XS/XSMax 13.2.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    11/11Pro/11ProMax 13.2.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 12.4.1 Y N N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y 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.

    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay, Android Auto, and WebLink will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android device to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    Smartphone Charging: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX will also charge (5V/1A) your Android smartphone or Apple iPod/iPhone device while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 4.1: The AVH-2550NEX is equipped with built-in Bluetooth version 4.1, 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), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.6 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX .

    Simple Secure Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-2550NEX without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. Up to 5 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be paired to this head unit.

    • Dual Phone Connection: You are able to keep two Bluetooth-enabled smartphones connected at the same time, so you can switch between phones from the head unit's touchscreen, without having to connect or re-connect devices.
    • Auto Re-Connection: Once an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically links the head unit and device together. If two Bluetooth devices were connected the last time, the two devices are connected to this unit automatically in the order that they are registered in the device list.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The PioneerAVH-2550NEX supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the AVH-2550NEX provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The AVH-2550NEX 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.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming phone call, the head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call.
    • Making A Call: The AVH-2550NEX offers a variety of ways to make call using the in-dash receiver.
      • Direct & Preset Dialing: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad. You can also store up to six phone numbers as presets for quicker dialing.
      • Phone Book: The phone book (up to 1000 contacts) in your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically.
      • Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.
      • Voice Dialing via Siri: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or later via Bluetooth, the Pioneer head unit has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen controls and external microphone. You'll be able to dial a phone number or contact via voice command.
    Note: Advanced phone operations that require attention, such as dialing numbers on the touchscreen monitor or adjusting Bluetooth settings, are prohibited while driving. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to access these functions.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

    • Advanced Music Navigation: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the AVH-2550NEX lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • Song/Artist Info: The head unit will also display your stored music's and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (app must also support). Album Art not supported.

    Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When connected to an iPhone (iOS 6.1+) with Siri via Bluetooth, the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX 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 attenuated 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 AVH-2550NEX ; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
    Internet+SiriusXM+HD Radio

    Spotify Online Music Service: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AVH-2550NEX via a Lightning-to-USB cable or paired via Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX . Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.

    • Playback & Search Control: You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Pioneer receiver's touchscreen controls.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: You also get song/artist information and album art on the unit's LCD touchscreen.

    Pandora Internet Radio: The Pandora App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi. The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.

    • Station List, Presets, & New Stations: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically. You can also store six Pandora Radio preset stations for even easier recall. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing.
    • Shuffle & Skip Songs: You can also listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List. You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down & Bookmarking: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences. The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Apple Music Radio: You can playback Apple Music Radio on your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone with Lightning connector (iOS 8.0-12.4.1) through the Pioneer receiver. With a cellular or WiFi connection, you can listen to Beats 1 and other live radio stations. Apple Music subscribers can also listen to their curated on-demand stations or favorite genre of music. You can use the head unit's touchscreen to select between your Apple Music Radio stations and control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Skip.

    Note: Your Apple iOS device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    SiriusXM 3.0 Ready: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply activate a SiriusXM Radio subscription (fees will apply) and connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately) to the dedicated port on the rear of the receiver for playback and control of satellite radio. Check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here.

    • Channel/Category Lists + Song/Artist/Album Info: The Channel List displays a list of all available channels. The Category List displays all available categories and stations within those categories. Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD touchscreen. You also get station logo identification and album art.
    • Category Scan + Instant Replay: During Category Scan, the live broadcast for each channel in the current category plays for six seconds at a time. The SiriusXM Instant Replay function lets you pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content from the station that you are currently listening to.
    • SmartFavorite Presets + Featured Favorites: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets with special tuning features such as TuneStart, TuneScan, & TuneMix (see below). Featured Favorites are groups of channels that are created by the SiriusXM Programming department allowing to discover new channels. Featured Favorite channels are dynamic and can change often, allowing you to discover new channels.
    • TuneStart, TuneScan, & TuneMix: TuneStart automatically start songs from the beginning when you tune to one of your SmartFavorite music channels stored on the current band of presets. TuneScan lets you scan through short previews of songs you may have missed on music channels stored on the current band of SmartFavorite presets. TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from music channels stored in the current SmartFavorite preset band.
    • Traffic, Weather, & Sports: You can tune in and listen quickly to information pertaining to weather and traffic from a particular city you have specified. You can also be alerted when your favorite sports teams are playing so you can tune to the appropriate station quickly.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.

    HD Radio: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX 's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Supertuner IIID: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.
    • Station Text/Album Art + RDS: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The head unit also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations. For analog FM stations, the Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as song/artist information when listening to compatible RDS FM stations.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
    • Reception Blending: If a digital broadcast reception condition gets poor, this unit automatically switches to the analog broadcast of the same frequency level. If this function is set to "On", the tuner switches between digital broadcast and analog broadcast automatically. If this function is 'Off', reception will be conducted within a digital broadcast.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest analog or HD stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The AVH-2550NEX supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs with a variety of music and video files. The unit has a front-loading disc slot, so there is no faceplate to fold or slide down.

    • Off Insert/Eject: You can insert or eject a disc with unit's power off, as long as your vehicle's switch is in the accessory or on position. The unit will not automatically begin playback when you insert a disc with the unit off; you'll need to power the unit on and select disc as the playback source.
    • Direct DVD Search: During DVD playback, you can go directly to a specific Title or Chapter by entering the number using the unit's touchscreen numeric keypad.
    • Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-2550NEX.
    • Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.

    USB MSC Playback: The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; such as a USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device through the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX . USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver 's USB port (5V/1.5A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • Playback & Search Controls: Playback & search functions include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Random/Repeat, and File/Folder List.
    • Song/Artist/Album Info: The head unit will display your USB device's stored music information - including Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song & Album title, as well as Album Art.
    Note: The head unit's USB port does not support USB hubs or USB card-readers.

    Compatible Media Files: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or inserted USB device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW, DVD-R/-RW/-R DL) USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, UDF FAT 12/16/32 or NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: 8-320kbps; 16-48kHz
    WMA: 5-320kbps; 8-48kHz
    AAC: 8-320kbps; 11.025-48kHz
    MP3: 8-320kbps; 8-48kHz
    WMA: 8-320kbps; 8-48kHz
    AAC: 16-320kbps; 8-48kHz
    WAV: 8 or 16-bt; 16-48kHz
    FLAC (High Resolution): 24-bit; 8-192kHz
    Video MPEG 1/2/4: 720 x 576/30 fps (4GB)
    DivX: 720 x 576/30 fps (4GB)
    AVI: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    MPEG4: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    MKV: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    MOV: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    FLV: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    WMV: 1920 x 1080/30fps (4GB)
    DivX: 720 x 576/30fps (4GB)
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32 x 320 - 8192 x 7680
     PNG: 32 x 320 - 720 x 576
    BMP: 32 x 32 - 1920 x 936
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 700 folders/999 files for CD (700 folders/3,500 files for DVD) 1,500 folders/15,000 files
    Song/Artist Info MP3 ID3 tags, WMA-tags, AAC-tags, FLAC-tags, & Album Art

    Note: Videos and Photos can only be viewed when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    High Resolution Audio Playback: The Pioneer NEX Series receiver supports playback of high-resolution FLAC music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz) via USB. High-Resolution Audio is high-quality sound that exceeds CD standard. High-resolution audio captures and beautifully expresses all the details of your favorite music.

    Audio & DSP Section

    24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX is equipped with a 24-bit/192Hz digital-to-analog converter for superb quality audio playback from disc, USB, iPod/iPhone, Android, and Bluetooth.

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    • CTA-2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)
    Note: The power specifications for the AVH-2550NEX are compliant with the CTA-2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). 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 AVH-2550NEX 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 AVH-2550NEX lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+10 to -24).

    Crossovers: The AVH-2550NEX employs high-pass and low-pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speaker setup.

    • Standard: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.
      • HPF: The head unit's -6 to -24dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.
      • LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an -6 to -24dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.
    • Network: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub using low-level outputs only.
      • Highs: The high-pass crossover for your tweeters can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.
      • Mids: You can set a high-pass and low-pass crossover from your midrange/midbass drivers. The high-pass crossover can be set to 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off. The low-pass crossover can be set to 26, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.
      • Lows: The low-pass crossover for your subwoofers can be set to 26, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, or 250 Hz with a -6 to -36dB/octave roll-off.

    EEQ (Easy EQ) + 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 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.
    • Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).
    • Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.
    • Speaker Level: You can adjust each speaker and sub channel independently from +10 to -24 to best even out the sound in your vehicle.
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.
    • Auto Level Control (ALC): This function automatically corrects the audio level difference between the music files and/or the sources.

    Rear Speaker Setup: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Beep Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. You can turn this feature on or off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX 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.

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

    Note: CarPlay, Android Auto, & WebLink are not supported by the video output.

    Camera Input w/ Parking Assist Guidelines: The Pioneer receiver is equipped with a composite video rear-view camera input for the addition of an optional backup camera (130NDBC8, sold separately). The unit provides on-screen guidelines to assist you when backing up and parking your vehicle. These guideline do not automatically appear on the rear-view image. You must tap the "Park Assist Guidelines" icon on the touchscreen while the rear-view image is visible on the receiver's touchscreen. You can also turn the unit's composite AV input into a second camera input for adding a front camera (sold separately). The dedicated rear-view camera input offers two view modes -

    • Auto View: The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image. When the vehicle's transmission is put in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (violet/white wire of the harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.8 seconds.
    • Camera View: There is also a Camera View mode which allows you to manually bring up the rearview camera image on the receiver's touchscreen monitor to check what is behind you while driving. You can leave the Camera View mode on if you want to see the rearview image at all times; for instance when towing a trailer.
    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    iDatalink Serial Port: This Pioneer DVD receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Pioneer receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, plus select Honda/Acura, Toyota/Scion, Volkswagen & Subaru vehicles with factory digital amplifiers.

    • Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Pioneer head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Pioneer receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

    Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U280 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC280, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Clear Resistive LCD Touchscreen: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX features a 6.8" clear resistive LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 (RGB) x 480, for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The clear resistive panel is designed to enhance the visibility of on-screen graphics and images, making them appear clear and crisp. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a connected component such as an iPod/iPhone, Android smartphone, Bluetooth phone, or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

    • Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AVH-2550NEX '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 6 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 sources and rear-view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast), color (adjusts color saturation), hue, (adjusts color tone), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).

    Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used 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).

    Dimmer: The receiver's touchscreen display & button illumination can be dimmed manually, automatically or via a timer. You can set the unit's LCD touchscreen & button illumination to automatically dim when your vehicle's headlights are turned on (this function requires that the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit). You can also set a specific time and duration for unit's LCD & button illumination to dim.

    Remote Functions: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX DVD receiver includes a wireless remote control and offers steering wheel control capability (adapter required).

    • Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX includes an IR remote control (CXE5116) for wireless operation of the DVD receiver and your connected devices. The included remote does offer Bluetooth phone functions.
    • Optional Steering Wheel Controls: 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).

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be 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 a "Caution" message, if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

    Note: The parking brake wire must also be connected and the parking brake engaged for certain setup functions and menu options.

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    Customer Q&A

    42 questions already asked

    Does or will this unit have the same issues as the 1770nex? Will you have the possibility of getting the white screen of death after 12-18 months like the 1770nex?
    nick  Feb 05, 2024
    1 answer
    We have not documented any issues like the ones you mentioned with the AVH-2550NEX DVD receiver, Nick. Pioneer offers a 1-year warranty with the AVH-2550NEX, so if you did have any issues with your purchase make sure and call us first and we are happy to assist!
    bo  Feb 05, 2024 (Staff)
    Do this work with factory cd changers?
    greggor  Dec 29, 2023
    1 answer
    Changing your factory radio to the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX will not retain your factory CD changer, Greg. You can still play your CDs with the single slot located on the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX. Make sure to use our online Vehicle Guide in the link below to enter your vehicles key details when putting together your radio package, we will list all retained features and list the installation interfaces that keep the most features first!
    bo  Dec 31, 2023 (Staff)
    Is there power provided at the rear USB Port?
    brian  Jul 25, 2023
    1 answer
    Greetings Brian, and thank you for your question. Most stereos USB port will provide power for charging a device like your phone. This USB has a 1.5-amp output.
    hogan  Jul 25, 2023 (Staff)
    Will I still be able to use my camera for backing up on my 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe?
    david  May 10, 2020
    1 answer
    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.
    kristina  May 28, 2020 (Staff)
    How is the volume level using the the iPhone hook up? I have a stereo I have to crank to hear the iPhone.
    kevin  Apr 18, 2020
    2 answers
    As long as you use the use the cable for Apple CarPlay the volume will be great. When using Bluetooth it is noticeably lower.
    bethany  Apr 24, 2020
    great ! no problem.
    karen  Apr 21, 2020
    Are all 9 Bose speakers supported for this head unit in the 2013 Mazda CX5?
    stephen  Apr 11, 2020
    2 answers
    Yes we have installation gear to install an aftermarket radio - like that Pioneer - and retain the factory connections and sound system.
    casey  Apr 26, 2020 (Staff)
    Call crutchfield. You will get sound out of all but not sure what you mean.
    matthew  Apr 11, 2020
    Having trouble getting navigation to work on android auto?
    stuart  Mar 25, 2020
    2 answers
    Yes this has been happening on my unit the last couple days as well. However I think it is related to network congestion from the global overload right now and not the head unit.
    james  Mar 26, 2020
    What is the issue? Your phone must be plugged in and your location setting on for it to work if that helps
    jeff  Mar 25, 2020
    Having trouble getting navigation to work on android auto?
    stuart  Mar 25, 2020
    2 answers
    have not used this method only iPhone so far
    david  Mar 25, 2020
    I did as well - with an older Android phone - LG G6. It would go all over the place, backing up, going off the road,etc. I updated to the LG G8 and it works wonderfully now. Might have something to do with the version of the OS on the phone.
    tony  Mar 25, 2020
    Gaia Gps app work on this unit?
    skp k  Mar 13, 2020
    1 answer
    Hi Lester, thank you for your question. The Gaia GPS App is a compatible app with CarPlay. Hope this helps.
    jessica  Apr 17, 2020 (Staff)
    Does this unit support Honda "Lanewatch" - where the display shows the camera image from below the right side passenger mirror when the right turn signal is activated?
    frank  Mar 05, 2020
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    thomas  Mar 17, 2020 (Staff)
    Does the pioneer avh-2550nex display outside temperature?
    corey  Jan 24, 2020
    4 answers
    No, it does not have a temp display.
    joseph  Feb 21, 2020
    It will depend on the vehicle. That Pioneer does have an iDatalink port which will connect with the CAN BUS system in some vehicles. You can check with one of our friendly product advisors to see if we have the installation gear to make this possible in your vehicle.
    casey  Feb 20, 2020 (Staff)
    Not that I'm aware of!
    lloyd f  Feb 19, 2020
    No it doesn't, it has no ability to display canbus data
    joseph  Feb 18, 2020
    Can this use the existing microphone and SirriusXam wires/plugs? I have a 17 Crosstrek with no navigation and Eyesight.
    michael  Dec 30, 2019
    1 answer
    It cannot use the existing wiring for Sirius and the microphone. However, for Sirius if you remove the cover of the Sirius cable and buy the Xm dongle you can keep the original wire.
    justin  Dec 30, 2019
    Can you use Android Auto while listening to music from the same phone?
    mtb addict  Dec 04, 2019
    1 answer
    Not enough information is provided to answer this question...need more specifics...also I use an iPhone. Lots of features are useable while iPhone is playing music through the unit...e.g. backup camera...
    thackerybennieo  Dec 04, 2019
    Does the Pioneer AVH=2550NEX play cds?
    jackie  Nov 24, 2019
    6 answers
    john  Nov 26, 2019
    Yes it does
    linwood  Nov 26, 2019
    gerald  Nov 24, 2019
    jason  Nov 24, 2019
    Yes. It plays CD as well as DVD when installed properly and car is parked
    andrew  Nov 24, 2019
    Yes dvds too
    joseph  Nov 24, 2019
    Does the Pioneer AVH=2550NEX play cds?
    jackie  Nov 24, 2019
    5 answers
    jim  Nov 25, 2019
    Yes, the 2550NEX will play CDs.
    mike  Nov 24, 2019
    Yes it does
    raul  Nov 24, 2019
    Yes, plays CDs and DVDs. DVDs only play with the parking brake enabled.
    edwin  Nov 24, 2019
    Yes it does.
    matthew  Nov 24, 2019
    Is there any System updates because Apple car play won't work for my iPhone?
    cameren  Nov 19, 2019
    2 answers
    Yes I had an issue with the system just not working at times or cutting off and I updated 6 months ago and haven't had a problem since.
    matthew  Nov 24, 2019
    go to pioneers home page and check out the download section for updates
    tony  Nov 20, 2019
    Is there an adapter compatible with the stereo for my steering wheel controls?
    danamai  Oct 27, 2019
    2 answers
    I installed this unit into my 2005 Toyota Sienna and used the adapter sold by Crutchfield that utilized the ODB port on the car as the interface for the steering wheel controls.
    charles  Oct 28, 2019
    andy  Oct 27, 2019
    Is the GPS bilt in the unit ?
    walter  Oct 27, 2019
    3 answers
    No, the GPS is NOT built into this unit. This unit is apple car play and android auto compatible. Which means if you have it plugged into the USB connector on the radio you can use the maps off of your phone. It does not do blue tooth or wireless maps.
    stuart  Oct 31, 2019
    No, you have to use your phone thru carplay or android auto. I have used the carplay, but not often.
    lee  Oct 28, 2019
    No GPS isn't included in the head unit. I know it's available by connecting an Apple or android phone and using the gps apps within CarPlay or Android Auto. I'm not sure if Pioneer has a gps module or anything to connect to the head unit to use their gps software.
    andre  Oct 27, 2019
    Can you use the stereo's SiriusXM tuner while using carplay?
    warren  Oct 11, 2019
    6 answers
    Yes. there is a button on the left side of the unit that allows you to toggle between apple car play and other functions such as Sirius/xm
    larry  Oct 22, 2019
    This stereo receiver is Sirius XM ready but has no built in Sirius XM tuner. For Sirius XM reception you need to purchase and install a separate tuner (such as the SiriusXM SXV300V1 Tuner) with antenna. That said you can of course use the Sirius XM tuner while using Apple Carplay or Android Auto apps. Satellite radio will play in the background while you use your apps (except the Music app - it's either one or the other music that plays...).
    veit  Oct 21, 2019
    Hi Warren, thank you for your question. You will still be able to listen to XM radio when CarPlay is in use. You can download the SiriusXM CarPlay app to access XM, and when CarPlay is not in use, you would just access XM through the stereo as usual. Let us know if you have questions by chatting with us online, or by phone at 1-800-324-9695. Any of our friendly Advisors will be happy to help you out!
    jessica  Oct 21, 2019 (Staff)
    Yes....I purchased this device about 6 months ago and it works perfectly with my XM radio.
    darrel  Oct 21, 2019
    I can't answer but I can use one phone for Bluetooth while using another for Google maps, so maybe
    matthew  Oct 21, 2019
    Yes , you can use even the radio and normal features with CarPlay enabled. However you may be limited to the options you have.
    robert  Oct 21, 2019
    Assistant voice volume so low I cannot understand it. Anyone know how to adjust this setting?
    jeffl  Oct 03, 2019
    1 answer
    I recall having to solve this or a similar issue myself. Depending on your specific installation, your system might behave differently from mine. I am using the AVH-2550NEX with a Maestro interface in a 2014 Subaru Outback. The system is a bit buggy, although the problems can be circumvented. Sometimes it is a bit frustrating. Since you describe the circumstances of your problem. Try this. Make sure your phone is plugged in to the system before you turn it on. that normally avoids any boot up problems or issues that sometimes occur when the phone is attached after the system is running. Once the system is up, you should find that there is a way to control the assistant volume. I am using an iPhone. While I can't give you the exact solution you need, once I solved this problem on my system, it hasn't returned. This may be because I am careful to be sure the phone is plugged in before the system is powered up (or else restart the system). If you don't do this, don't expect full functionality.
    robert t  Oct 03, 2019
    Will the factory Cruze USB port work with the wiring adapters?
    bailey  Sep 21, 2019
    1 answer
    I am not guessing you likely have to hardwire (splice it) into the usb cable that you connect to the back of the unit. That is what I did to add an extra usb charging input.
    thackerybennieo  Sep 23, 2019
    In comparing many head units of similar features, one thing that is different between this Pioneer and others is the FM tuner dbf rating. 12dbf for the Pioneer vs 9.3dbf for many others. This seems weak for the Pioneer with a history of some great tuners, but in the real world, how much difference does this make?
    james  Sep 19, 2019
    2 answers
    Who listens to FM anymore? With steaming and bluetooth options FM (Read: Commercial nightmare) is my last resort
    tony  Nov 20, 2019
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    kristina  Sep 26, 2019 (Staff)
    Will this unit pair with an iPhone XS via Bluetooth?
    david  Aug 15, 2019
    8 answers
    it should connect via Bluetooth. it connects to my wife's 6S and my sons iphone 8. but to get app sharing on the screen (like google maps) you need to connect via the USB cable. but you can make/receive calls, play music, etc via Bluetooth.
    larry  Aug 16, 2019
    Yes and with the last firmware update my radio is working perfectly.
    matthew  Aug 15, 2019
    It certainly will pair without problems, as with any other Bluetooth enabled smartphone. I highly recommend to connect your iPhone via Apple CarPlay (via a wired connection) to really optimize the interface between the unit and your mobile phone. Drilling a little hole in the dashboard (or glovebox) for USB plug is worth the effort.
    veit  Aug 15, 2019
    brent  Aug 15, 2019
    Yes it will pair with any phone via Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay works only when directly connect by USB port thru the back of the unit
    carlton  Aug 15, 2019
    Yes indeed, that's what I use with it
    alex  Aug 15, 2019
    It pairs with an iPhone 5 and 10 just fine.
    aaron j.  Aug 15, 2019
    Yes. normal bluetooth functions such as music streaming and phone will work. CarPlay will require using the USB cable though.
    jonathan  Aug 15, 2019
    Is the USB port on the rear of the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX USB 2.0 or 3.0?
    dennis  Jul 14, 2019
    4 answers
    Yes. A cable is provided that can be routed to the glove box or another nearby location.
    barton w  Jul 15, 2019
    raul  Jul 14, 2019
    It's USB 2.0.
    mike  Jul 14, 2019
    I don't know but, It's fast enough but likely not USB 3.0. my daughter can Bluetooth audio while I use Android auto for directions. It was worth purchasing. I have a smartphone with 845 processor which probably helps.
    matthew  Jul 14, 2019
    Which pioneer has a Equalizer that can be displayed on the screen?
    victor  Jun 16, 2019
    3 answers
    The AVH-2550NEX has an equalizer that can be adjusted on the screen, but it is not a graphic equalizer to display sound frequencies.
    sean  Jun 20, 2019
    The AVH-2550NEX has an equalizer you can adjust. You can even choose subwoofer cutoff but it doesn't display the equalizer like an entertainment screen show.
    james  Jun 16, 2019
    Love my AVH-2550NEX; it enables you to fully show & modify the equalizer on the screen. Rich Z
    richard  Jun 16, 2019
    Does this HU have an Aux input for an mp3 player ?
    bobby  May 28, 2019
    2 answers
    Yes, but the aux input is on the back and you will need to route a aux cable.
    nick  Jun 01, 2019
    Yup! It has an aux input in the back that you can wire through the glovebox.
    david  May 28, 2019
    Will AA/CarPlay work with multiple phones plugged in at the same time?
    nicholas c  May 19, 2019
    5 answers
    I have no earthly idea. It works with one! Lol
    anthony  May 21, 2019
    Only 1 phone will work at once. You have to select which source.
    travis  May 20, 2019
    Only one at a time for car play or android. The Bluetooth can connect up to multiple devices and you can play at request.
    khambath  May 20, 2019
    Sorry I don't know I have not tried it I don't see any reason why it would not
    craig  May 19, 2019
    I don't know. I haven't tried that. There is only one usb connection on the radio at the back for the cable. I would assume it can't be done.
    patricia  May 19, 2019
    Are the parking guidelines fixed, or is there steering input?
    nicholas c  May 19, 2019
    9 answers
    My unit shows movable lines with my 2018 Ford Mustang. Camera automatically activates when I shift into reverse.
    james  Jun 16, 2019
    They're fixed. So you have to use your judgment while backing up. It gives you an idea but the lines won't move.
    gilbert  May 20, 2019
    Fixed as far as I can tell. I kept my camera which had its own guidelines so i Turned the ones from the pioneer off. I suspect it's possible for the cars camera to have steering input which would work.
    jonathan  May 20, 2019
    The guidelines are adjustable on the unit. Wider, skinnier, lower, higher, etc.
    brent  May 20, 2019
    Guidelines a fixed position.
    mike  May 19, 2019
    You can adjust where the lines are, but they don't change as you steer backing up. You also have to push the button on the screen each time when you put the car in reverse to get them to display on the screen. I now use a backup camera that outputs the lines itself regardless of the radio button and that works well for me.
    ralph  May 19, 2019
    If your car has the mode originally yes with the correct conections. If you are trying to retrofit/upgrade for a vehicle without it.... the screen will have a fix guide that you can modify through the settings. It will not provide the turn guide only straight lines for references
    raul  May 19, 2019
    You can adjust them but they don't follow the steering wheel
    matthew  May 19, 2019
    The parking guidelines are fixed.
    justin  May 19, 2019
    is there a protective cover on the screen when right out of box? Mine seems dull & lots of fingerprints. Can't find the tab like most touchscreens have.
    paul  May 13, 2019
    4 answers
    No removable protective screen comes with this unit and there were no finger prints found on the screen either.
    bruce lee  May 21, 2019
    I have purchase this 3M Natural View Fingerprint Fading Screenfrom amazon ..this works great!!!
    edwin f  May 21, 2019
    mine came the same way with minimal fingerprints and no protective screening in fact I contacted crutchfield to inquire about that fact...although I'm much much happier having the pioneer as compared to the Kenwood which I returned
    david l  May 21, 2019
    No but it's pretty darn tough
    brad  May 21, 2019
    Does this unit use the factory jbl amp and will steering wheel volume and channel controls still function?
    eric  May 06, 2019
    1 answer
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    kristina  May 15, 2019 (Staff)
    Pioneer AVH-2550NEX Does it have motorized display?
    thackone  Mar 25, 2019
    9 answers
    arthur  Apr 05, 2019
    No it does not
    mike  Apr 04, 2019
    no it does not, but it does have pretty much everything except android auto WIRELESS. Great unit.
    brent  Apr 04, 2019
    No this is a double DIN
    matthew  Apr 03, 2019
    No, it does not, which is a key reason i selected this model. Several of the others are mechanical, which means more stuff that will break.
    ellen  Apr 03, 2019
    No motorized display.
    jeff  Apr 03, 2019
    No , the dvd or cd goes in the top of the unit.
    arthur  Apr 03, 2019
    The AVH-2550NEX does not have a motorized display.
    mike  Apr 03, 2019
    No it's a fixed display
    gregory  Apr 03, 2019
    When iPhone is plugged into deck for CarPlay will the phone be changed?
    rod  Mar 13, 2019
    2 answers
    Yes, the phone will charge when plugged into the radio even while maps are being used.
    stuart  Oct 31, 2019
    Yes of course it will charge
    gsb  Mar 14, 2019
    does the AVH-2550NEX have parking assist guidelines?
    carrie  Mar 07, 2019
    4 answers
    Yes , you can turn them on or off Enter
    brent  Aug 15, 2019
    You vehicle must have the function as factory or you will be getting a generic guidance lines. The lines will not follow or adjust the trajectory of the vehicle... good reference but you better be aware of your mirrors
    raul  Jul 14, 2019
    Yes, it has 2 different types.
    arthur  Apr 03, 2019
    This model does have the parking assist guidelines.
    lamont  Mar 13, 2019
    Is the Apple CarPlay wired or wireless? This is a huge selling point for me
    harrison  Mar 07, 2019
    3 answers
    2550 only has wired CarPlay
    james  Jun 16, 2019
    If you want a wireless version for carplay, go with the avh-4500nex. It will also work wired for charging
    gsb  Mar 14, 2019
    Wired for both AA and carplay...the deck is phenomenal though, fast menu AA and carplay come up instantly
    alex  Mar 12, 2019
    Is the Android auto wireless or wired?
    adam  Mar 01, 2019
    3 answers
    Factory replacements are available to provide a direct USB connection to the radio. Just installed one on my Toyota Highlander, and it works flawlessly. AA requires a USB connection, but calls, streaming music, and most stuff still works via bluetooth.
    ellen  Apr 03, 2019
    Wireless AA is only working for a VERY VERY few select pixel phones running 9.0 OS. AA is very picky and can't use any extension usb cables. most times you have to plug the cable from the phone direct into usb 2 in order for AA to work. Until 9.0 PIE is released, wireless AA will not work for the majority of droid phones
    gsb  Mar 14, 2019
    Wired via USB. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features 7 Specs" table.
    ryan  Mar 07, 2019 (Staff)
    Is there an internal microphone in this, or do you purchase and external one seperately?
    allan  Feb 27, 2019
    2 answers
    There is a separate microphone provided with the stereo which has around 15' of wire on it and plugs into the rear of the unit. There is no built in microphone.
    stuart  Oct 31, 2019
    It comes with a external microphone that works great. I have it mounted on top the A pillar drivers side.
    arthur  Feb 28, 2019

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