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Pioneer AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120 6.2-Inch Capacitive Touchscreen Smartphone Receiver Display
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- 6.2-Inch capacitive touchscreen display
- Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- Fits double-DIN (4-Inch-tall) dash openings
- Apple CarPlay (compatible with iPhone 5 or later), AppRadio Mode Functionality for iPhone and Android Phones, MirrorLink, Siri Eyes Free Compatible
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Pandora menu - compatible smartphone and app is required - not included.
Apple CarPlay compatible.
Pioneer AppRadio 4 In-dash Smartphone Receiver featuring Apple CarPlay, AppRadio Mode and Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming.
- Apple CarPlay (compatible with iPhone 5 or later)
- AppRadio Mode Functionality for iPhone and Android Phones
- MirrorLink Compatible
- Siri Eyes Free Compatible
Pioneer APPRADIO4/APPLE CARPLAY/NO DVD
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What you will find with some cheap\unkown brand name HUs is that the bluetooth modules would have crappy compression and an outdated interface so the sound quality over wireless is terrible, but with a 3.5mm auxillary plug it would sound great. So keep that in mind. Pioneer is generally good when it comes to that.
The touchscreen is very nice clear, feels like quality, and very responsive, like a modern tablet.
The sound features, like the EQ is pretty extensive, but not as extensive as the older-non app radio version of the Pioneer double dins.
The Radio is crisp and clear and I was able to use my built-in antenna.
I use this radio with an iphone and can do apple play with an apple plug. But here are the cons with apple play:
1. The EQ settings do not apply when using Apple play.
2. The apps available on Apple play are limited. You are most likely going to use Pandora or something similar. If you like listening to audio from a video app, its a bit more cumbersome to use. Might as well do it over bluetooth
3. I wish that Car Play worked over bluetooth or wifi. Having to plug in the iPhone to use it is a bit of a hassle for short trips, so I find myself always using the BT instead, to just have audio over BT. Its nice when getting in the car and not having to pull the phone out of pocket to play audio.
4. The mapping feature is great on CarPlay, and is the main reason why I bought this radio, BUT you can't pinch to zoom which sucks. Other than that, no complaints.
This, I think, is the best radio on the market for the price when I bought it (Months ago). Dont worry about not having a built in DVD player or what not because the future is digital. If you are still using CDs and DVDs, then you need to catch up. Also, you really don't need a built-in GPS, just use your phone. It is less effort, cheaper, centralized, live data so its always up to date. If you go to places where cell phone reception isn't good, then i could see why you would consider a HU that has a GPS unit.
Also keep in mind, I tried like 4 other HUs before settling with this one: A different Pioneer, Joying Android, A Kenwood, and a different one. But this HU came out on top by a long shot. But that isn't to say that it's perfect.
Car Audio is such a generic niche and is a market flooded with all kinds of consumers. Some tech savy, others not so much. And the vast majority are going to be lay people who are easily taken by the gimmick of having an app-ready device in their car. Head Units dont have to be so fiddly and expensive. They are just computers. Computers are cheap, but as soon as you put it in the dash, it becomes a 400-900 dollar item. pretty ridiculous, and the masses are taken by the novelty of it all.
So you will see people thinking that it's still the 90's and having a Head Unit that can do everything a computer can should cost you an arm and a leg, when in reality it shouldn't all that much more expensive than a cheap netbook. I think the price on all these things is a bit inflated.
Bottom line, in this market, this app radio is the best buy IMO, if you want Navigation, Bluetooth, apps, a touch screen, back up camera, etc.... in your dash and you have a smart phone.
Thumbs up my comment, if its helpful. I just dropped mad knowledge on you.
I was doing some shopping and wanted to add some more consumer advice:
When shopping for HUs it is tempting to go with an Android Chinese unit. And they are pretty nice, in regards to responsiveness, speed and versatility. But here are the problems that would make Joying, Pumpkin and other such HUs not the best choice:
1. Requires Extensive Configuration
The way Android is loaded on teh unit, it works like a simple tablet. It doesn't really know its a head unit. So when you are driving, things like Google maps\navigation\other apps sort of run on top and into each other. Like the audio from your music app won't dimm when receiving Google Map directions causing a caucauphony of noise.
There is a ton of annoying things like that that is not thought out on the unit. You have to spend a lot of time figuring it all out.
Whereas with a tradiitonal Pioneer\Kenwood everything is dead simple, designed for use in a car.
2. User Interface is distracting
This sort of goes with point #1. In that the icons are small, hard to read and use. You have to find a way to install an Android skin that makes it easy to access main apps like music and navigation with driving. You don't want to take ur eyes off the road to fiddle with a tablet interface.
That is why I like pioneer, it is limited and simple and requires no time at all to hit the ground running. It is designed to be used in the car. No time wasted on customizing the interface.
3. Limited EQ settings
When upgrading your car audio, you want to have advanced EQ features like High pass filters\crossovers etc... in conjunction with a basic EQ. This is to tune the sound for your car's particular set up. On a Joying, ur EQ is very basic and does not allow for such adjustments. I know on my car, I needed the cross over to take the sound quality from ok to great.
Other than that, the android capabilities are pretty impressive. It's just that on a car, you don't need all of that. You want something specifically designed for a good driving experience. Joying, I know, is striving to better their product, so maybe in the future all of the above will change.
+ CarPlay integration is great. I can easily put on some music, set a destination on my map and reply to texts without touching my phone. Usually with my voice. Little features make it the best integration out there. For example: when I open maps and touch "Destinations", the first few are the locations that are in my calendar for that day. This is great because I have appointments all over the place and a little leg work in iCal means zero in the car.
+ The bluetooth/CarPlay mic sounds really, really good. If you place it correctly (Near the front dome light or visor and facing you) it sounds like you are holding the phone to your ear, according to at least 4 different people I have called.
+ The audio options are superb: Digital crossover with rolloff control up to -18 dB/octave, seat-specific and automatically measured time-alignment (with Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ Microphone), individual speaker level output (in addition to fade and balance), listening position... There is too much to list here.
+ Auto EQ: This deserves it's own mention: I set the EQ how I thought it should sound and it was good. However, when I bought the aforementioned CD-MC20 mic and took an audio measurement at the two front head-rests, the Auto EQ made it sound GREAT. Time alignment is the key here and if you don't know how to set it yourself, get this mic and let the head-unit do the work. You won't regret it.
+ Bluetooth functionality is flawless: It connects all the time and if my phone isn't near the car (like when you remote start) a message pops up on the screen asking if you want to connect again. Aftermarket radios get this wrong all the time but Pioneer did it just right. The only radio I have used that connects faster or more reliably is in the new 2015 Fords.
+ Built-in GPS antenna assists your phone: This is really nice because the positioning of the GPS antenna on your roof is probably way better than that tiny one in your phone, which is probably in the glove compartment or center console. I was able to buy an adaptor and use the one already in my 'shark fin' antenna.
+ The SCREEN! Although the edge lighting is visible at higher settings, the screen is simply gorgeous and has capacitive touch to boot. Using it feels like using an iPad Mini in your dash. Really nice job, here, Pioneer.
+ The overall look: This radio looks stock (seriously) in any premium vehicle. You can change the button color to match your dash lighting EXACTLY so that it doesn't look out-of-place. The chrome trim especially doesn't look overdone and is just classy. Really sleek.
- CarPlay: CarPlay still lacks features in IOS 8. I hear this will be fixed with firmware but not having WAZE availability in an app radio is borderline inexcusable. Also, the resolution is scaled when using CarPlay so the screen isn't as sharp. (Touching the MODE button switches between the Pioneer view and the CarPlay view though.)
- No wireless CarPlay yet: I think this will change with Firmware, but you have to plug-in your iPhone to use CarPlay. At least it keeps my phone charged. When I'm not using maps or texting via voice, I just use the bluetooth for audio and phone.
Overall I am very pleased with this radio and get all kinds of compliments about it. (See photos)
Here is the setup:
Amp: Alpine PDX-5
Speakers: Alpine Type-R SPR-60C in front and rear
Subwoofer: 10" JL W7 in sealed box
- Overall, installation was fairly easy for someone who's is moderately handy. I had to buy tools to help pop the dashboard components off. YouTube videos were also a great resource, as well as some of the reviews here.
- It works well as an FM radio, but I cannot get AM unless I stream over Tune In Radio.
- CarPlay is good, but not great. Much of the time my apps won't do anything when they open. I either need to plug/unplug my phone in again and reset the connection or just open the app on my phone. It's annoying.
- Siri is awful in the car. I've gotten frustrated asking Siri to give me directions to one place and getting them to someplace else. Same with phone calls. She will start calling the wrong person.
- The GPS is actually pretty good otherwise. You are limited to Apple Maps, but I haven't really had a major problem with that.
In sum, CarPlay isn't ready for prime time yet, and Apple doesn't seem to be doing much to get it there. If you really want a CarPlay radio, this one is decent, but may frustrate you a bit.