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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[BREAKING] Pioneer Announces Third-Generation NEX Head Units At CES 2016

Pioneer Electronics has announced its latest iteration of NEX head units at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas. The third-generation head units are an upgrade from the previous generation but have retained the predictable model numbering sequence.

Five new head units were announced today: AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX, AVIC-6200NEX, AVIC-5200NEX and AVH-4200NEX. More details are below the page break.
Pioneer has chosen to drop a couple of key features in the upcoming head units. That's right, a few features will no longer be available in the newest devices.

Firstly, none of the 2016 NEX receivers will offer MirrorLink connectivity. If you are one of the few who rely on MirrorLink to connect your smartphone to the car, these head units will be of no use unless you buy a new smartphone. MirrorLink allows users to mirror their Android smartphones onto the dashboard with full touch support.

The second feature which has been dropped this year, although not a widely used feature, is the AHA Radio App support. 

Another feature that is missing (although it wasn't available in the previous generation head units) is AppRadio One. Pioneer continues to offer AppRadio Mode in the NEX head units but it requires cable kits to work. AppRadio One works via a single USB cable but is only available on a few DVD and multimedia receivers.

Anyways, here is a quick rundown of the features offered in the third-generation NEX receivers:

- Five new third-generation Networked Entertainment eXperience NEX head units: AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX, AVIC-6200NEX, AVIC-5200NEX and AVH-4200NEX.

Android Auto: AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX and AVH-4200NEX

Apple CarPlay: All head units.

NEX Software: All head units. Some features include AppRadio Mode, Advanced Bluetooth capabilities, Pandora, SiriusXM-ready, iDatalink Maestro, FLAC playback.

Main Features

AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX and AVH-4200NEX: HDMI connectivity, Wideband speech & A2DP AAC Bluetooth Connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, iDataLink Maestro, Dual Zone Audio/Video Playback.


Capacitive on the AVIC-8200NEX and resistive on others. 
7-inch size on AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX and AVH-4200 NEX. 
6.2-inch on AVIC-6200NEX and AVIC-5200NEX.

Availability: Third-generation NEX head units (AVIC-8200NEX, AVIC-7200NEX and AVH-4200NEX) will be available in Spring 2016 in the United States.

Pricing: Suggested retail prices are as follows:

AVIC-8200NEX $1400AVIC-7200NEX $1200

AVIC-6200NEX $900
AVIC-5200NEX $750
AVH-4200NEX $700


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  2. wireless carplay? this is a deal breaker

  3. So is AppRadio a dead product? No mention of an update that I saw.

    I don't need/want all the frills (and the terrible graphics) of the NEX units. In that regard, the new JBL Legend CP100 looks intriguing. Clean, simple, inexpensive (compared to the competition).

  4. I have the 4100. Comparing it to the 4200, I see no upgrades, just lost features. What am I missing? Faster processor or something?

  5. Ooooo, they're dropping MirrorLink, a feature that has barely been used by the phone and app makers and has been killed in favor of proprietary solutions, which is just stupid.


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