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Recommend a head unit?

Discussion in 'Audio & Electronics' started by Bill 1960, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. Bill 1960

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    4ECFDFDF-ABEF-4F77-85E9-4BE88645CB29.jpeg Install is complete, other than awaiting parts to add the USB port. That’s why I haven’t reinstalled the trim yet in the photo.

    Sound is good for stock speakers, wireless CarPlay is fantastic. Still figuring out all the possibilities.

    Regarding the topic of grounding the parking brake input, my reading indicates Pioneer got wise to that and the HU requires a change of state to enable those functions. Defeat devices are sold, which are basically a relay. I just took the easy way out and hooked it up to the parking brake.

    Thanks again to all the contributors to this thread. I really appreciate the help.
     
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    if you are internet savvy then you can download any show or series or movie to a sd card or thumb drive and the pioneer will play many formats there are some it does not. If you are attempting to "display or mirror" it from a phone then yes you will run into issue's where it will not play on a external device. the work around otherwise is to use a media device with hdmi output and a hotspot such a firestick or roku, etc those type of devices are designed to display the media on a tv and in this case the pioneer screen would be the "tv"
     
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    Awesome, glad you got it up and running. I replaced my factory speakers with some JBL 6 1/2” that didn’t break the bank but sound great, about $80 per pair iirc. You know, just in case you decide to upgrade speakers. :rolleyes:
     
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    A final comment on the Pioneer DMH-4660NEX, having lived with it for a while. I will NOT recommend this head unit to others.

    The wireless CarPlay works properly most of the time, but not always. Occasionally it glitches and the screen goes blank.

    Or it will take a phone call, but not transmit audio on one side of the conversation. Sometimes I can’t hear callers, sometimes they can’t hear me.

    It’s also subject to discernible lag that’s not present when using USB connected CarPlay.

    The SiriusXM app is glitchy using the CarPlay interface.

    In general it’s typical buggy tech that is a disappointment from a major brand like Pioneer. This thing needs a firmware update in the worst way. Or something.

    I also have another data point from another family member with this unit who reports the same type of experience. They also have an older Pioneer from the line preceding the NEX which has all the same capabilities and it does not present these issues.

    Caveat emptor.
     
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    Have you checked for a firmware update? That’s unfortunate. I have their AVH-1330NEX in one truck and AVH-W4400NEX in another and they both work flawlessly. Wireless CarPlay always works on the 4400 (the 1330 is wired) but every once in awhile I have to bring up my Amazon music stations on my phone before they can be played. It’s not an issue really, 98% of the time I can keep my phone in my pocket. So I know their technology is good, maybe you just got a bad HU out of the box. I’m sure they’ll exchange it for you, and you could just swap the HU’s themselves and leave all the wiring in the box the new one came in and send it back so all you’d have to do is swap the unit in the dash kit and plug your harnesses into it.
     
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