|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6.5 x 7 x 3.9 inches|
|Item model number||AVH-280BT|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Display Type||Resistive Touchscreen|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480|
|Memory Card Slot||CD, DVD|
|Media Playback Supported||MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, WMA, AAC, WAV, AVI|
Pioneer AVH-280BT In-Dash DVD Receiver with 6.2" Display and Bluetooth
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- 6.2" WVGA Touchscreen with LED Backlight Display
- Bluetooth hands-free calling & audio streaming
- 5-Band Graphic Equalizer
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Pioneer AVH-280BT In-Dash DVD Receiver with 6.2 inch Display and Bluetooth
Pioneer AVH-280BT In-dash Multimedia Receiver featuring Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming and DVD/CD playback.
- Bluetooth Wideband Speech
- Clear Resistive Touchscreen
- Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
- Back-up Camera Input
USB Direct Control For iPOD/iPHONE
Pioneer's AVH-280BT is ready to roll with direct connectivity to your iPod or iPhone for music playback via the optional CD-IU51 interface cable for 30-pin devices (sold separately) or CD-IU52 interface cable for Lightning devices (sold separately). For 30-pin devices that support music and video playback, you can use a CD-IU201V interface cable (sold separately). Song, artist, time and album information are beautifully displayed on the 6.2 inch touchscreen. The system's wired USB connection provides direct digital signal transfer from the device for clean, clear sound, while providing 1 amp of current to keep your iPod or iPhone charged.
Pioneer AVH-280BT In-dash Multimedia Receiver featuring Bluetooth hands-free calling & audio streaming and DVD/CD playback
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I purchased the AVH-280BT primarily as a screen for a backup camera that I was installing in my 2007 Honda Accord. However, I also wanted to use the opportunity to take a look at how far I wanted to go in improving my car stereo situation - I was using the stock radio and an AUX adapter I had hooked up a few years ago.
When shopping, I considered the higher end models that offer things like CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, AppRadio, GPS navigation, etc. Honestly, unless you really need any of these things, I would pass. CarPlay is in its infancy, requires a usb connection to the phone, and the reviews have been less than stellar. AppRadio frequently breaks with new iOS updates. The GPS units provided in these stereos can't hold a candle to native phone apps like Waze. I guess HD radio and satellite might be interesting, but it seems unnecessary to me given the plethora of internet radio options via the bluetooth connection to your phone. Bluetooth was really my only must have feature.
Setup was no different than any other car stereo - crimp or solder the wires from the radio harness to the vehicle harness, plug and play, and you're good to go. I also connected the AWSC-1 to preserve steering wheel controls, this took me a bit longer due to issues specific to my vehicle, but I eventually figured it out.
In using the AVH-280BT the last week or so, I think this model is great for the 90% or so of people that want to modernize their older car's stereo setup, or upgrade a newer car's basic stereo to something more exciting. The backup camera images come through nice and clearly, and the screen has a nice viewing angle. Bluetooth (including phone calls) and the iPod connection work great, although on my iPhone 6, I've found Bluetooth to be more reliable in terms of displaying album/artist information. AM/FM stations come in just as strong as the stock radio, and FM displays audio information, too. I haven't tried to play DVDs.
The UI is hideous, yes. But, in perusing the radios from various manufacturers in store, ranging from the high end models to the low end - they were ALL that way. Obviously this is one of the primary problems that CarPlay is looking to solve... but the reliability and convenience factors just aren't there yet. The UI is usable, and fairly intuitive, but it ain't a work of art.
One note: setting up Bluetooth and/or playing DVDs requires a connection to the parking brake. Yes, Pioneer locks you out of the Bluetooth pairing menu unless the parking brake wire is connected and the brake is engaged. Making this connection would have been very difficult for me to do. Instead, I installed a manual switch, one end connected to the radio's parking brake wire, and the other connected to ground (I just used some spare wire to splice into the radio's ground cable). Flicking the switch emulates the electrical response of engaging and disengaging the parking brake, which makes the radio happy.
Overall, I highly recommend the AVH-280BT for anyone looking to upgrade their car's audio system. It does not have the features that the higher end models have, but most of them are gimmicks anyway.
I have had it installed for 3 days now.
-I didn't think I wanted a remote on second hand it would be nice.
- if I could talk to siri from the head unit or a remote this would be nice too.
-1 other minus is that when you turn the volume up the number the volume is at is displayed right below your hand making it hard to see.
-There is a slight buzzing sound that can be heard through the bluetooth connection when listening to a podcast but when streaming music it cannot be heard.
When making phone calls everyone says they can hear me well... So microphone quality is good.
Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy. reconnects automatically.
I like the mute button just below the volume
I streamed podcasts the last 2 days and really enjoyed having this option.
CD sound quality is good also.
DVD quality is as expected.
Touch screen is responsive.
The touch screen interface is fairly straight forward and intuitive, but is very limited in terms of customization - colors, layout etc.
Sound is good. Keep in mind, I have it in a Jeep Wrangler with stock speakers and no external amp. I personally don't need super high fidelity in my vehicles, but I do like clear, crisp sound.
Bluetooth, USB, and AUX audio in work well. I have a flash drive with about 18GB of music on it attached to the USB and it plays fine. I have a DVD with about 400 mp3 songs on it and the system does not have any trouble with it either. I attached a backup camera, and the video is clear. I am able to activate it via the touch screen if I want without having to have the car in reverse, which is a nice feature - I have very limited visibility out the rear window.
I have two minor gripes so far. Both of these have to do with the software running the system.
1. When you initially select a radio station, all of the identifying information is displayed on the screen - Station ID, Current Song Title, Artist etc. Once the song changes, all of the original information remains from the song that was on when you first selected the station, and only the scrolling info in the first line changes to reflect the new song info. The original info from the first song will remain on the screen until you change the station or turn the radio off.
2. The random play function logic is useless. I had a chance to test it extensively on a road trip. It somewhat randomly plays songs. I had a retail CD in the player with 11 songs on it. The system randomly played six of the songs repeatedly for two hours and never played the other five. On the DVD with the 400 MP3s, it will randomly select about 14 songs and play them repeatedly. It's usually two or three artists. I can manually move to any place on the DVD, and it will play that song and back to the original 14 or so. It does the same thing when using the USB drive as a music source. It doesn't matter if there are 10 or 1000 songs on the drive. Every once in a while it will play a totally different song, and then back to the "random" few it has been playing.