Pioneer knows a good navigation receiver needs to do more than just get you from point A to point B. And if you're an iPhone 5 user, you know that not many navigation receivers will work with it in the car. Pioneer's AVIC 6100NEX offers impressive connectivity with your iPhone 5 — along with many other smartphones — plus a wealth of features that'll keep you entertained and informed as you roll down the road. It offers a multifaceted alternative to unreliable smartphone GPS apps and clunky factory navigation systems that can't always deliver the audio/video goods.
Pioneer has announced that the firmware update needed for iPhone 5 compatibility has been delayed, but should be available soon. Without the update, you cannot use your iPhone 5 to play video or use AppRadio Mode with this receiver.
Pioneer's user interface allows quick access to your favorite functions.
The AVIC-X850BT features detailed maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, with over 12 million points of interest, and you can add your favorite stopping points as well. Pioneer's lane guidance helps you avoid missing a turn at the last minute by clearly pointing you to the correct lane for an upcoming maneuver. And you'll also see realistic signposts on the screen in some instances, with arrows indicating the proper path. And complicated intersections will be shown as realistic 3D representations, so you'll know exactly where to turn.
The AVIC 6100NEX built-in Bluetooth lets you make hands-free calls easily with your compatible phone, and keep your attention on the road. The Bluetooth also supports audio music streaming (A2DP) so you can stream music wirelessly from compatible mobile devices to the receiver.
AppRadio Mode lets you take advantage of full on-screen use of over 30 smartphone apps, including parking, music, navigation, social networking, and traffic (and there are more on the way — see "Details" for some current offerings). You can tap into your iPhone or Android smartphone's contacts, calendars, maps, and more. And you can even view some streaming apps from your smartphone while your vehicle is parked.
To enjoy AppRadio Mode, you'll need to download Pioneer's free AppRadio app and connect your iPhone with the cable or cables linked below, depending on your phone.
Pioneer offers different levels of smartphone control, depending on your device. Here are the highlights:
Android™: You'll get control of Pandora® Internet radio and Aha Radio apps through the receiver's touchscreen when paired through Bluetooth, so no cable needed if your phone supports music streaming profile (SPP).
iPhone 4/4S: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your iPhone's music and video, plus Pandora Internet radio and Aha Radio apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. You can also use AppRadio Mode to control other compatible apps on your phone.
iPhone 5: With a separate adapter and cable, you'll get control of your iPhone's music, plus Pandora Internet radio and Aha Radio apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. The AVIC-X850BT features a VGA video input, which allows for iPhone 5 video playback (when parked) and AppRadio mode to control other compatible apps on your phone. You'll need these cable for AppRadio mode and video playback on the 6.1" display.
You can keep up with your social media feeds through the Aha Radio app.
Pioneer didn't forget about your music
The AVIC 6100NEX plays music from CDs and DVDs, not to mention microSD cards, USB thumb drives, and iPods®. It also features an auxiliary input for other sound sources. And you can tweak the sound to your tastes with the 8-band graphic equalizer.
Again, you can play video content from DVDs on the main screen when you're parked, or send the video output to rear-seat screens when you're traveling. You can also add satellite radio programming from SiriusXM with an optional tuner and your paid subscription.
If you're concerned about what's behind you when you're backing up, the AVIC-X850BT offers a dedicated rear-view camera input. And customizable home screen and button color illumination options let you get creative. Do you like to take matters into your own hands? You can add an optional wired remote control to the receiver.
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our
Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check Details for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
warranty: 1 year
All prices are in USD.