Designed specifically for smartphone consumers, the digital media receivers, MVH-X360BT and MVH-X560BT, feature enhanced connectivity, control and music playback from a smartphone in lieu of a traditional CD player. Both models offer Pandora Internet audio playback and control, media app control, Siri Eyes Free functionality, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and the ability to directly control and play music stored on many smartphone models.
“More consumers are using their smartphones as the primary source for listening in the car,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “All of our new in-dash receivers are designed to take advantage of many of the smartphone’s entertainment and communication capabilities, while also enabling simpler and more convenient access and control.”
Pioneer says the DEH-X7600S, DEH-X7600HD, DEH-X8600BS, DEH-X8600BH, DEH-X9600BHS single-CD receivers have a new cosmetic design, improved illumination settings and enhanced smartphone connectivity while adding SiriusXM Satellite Radio compatibility, built-in HD Radio and/or built-in Bluetooth (features vary by model).
The DEX-X7600HD, DEH-X8600BH and DEH-X9600BHS feature built-in HD Radio, providing digital reception of HD Radio HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations. All three models feature the HD Radio Artist Experience feature, displaying album art or station logos (when available) in addition to the artist and song title information.
Pioneer receivers are available now and list for $100 (MVH-X360BT), $130 (MVH-X560BT), $150 (DEH-X7600S), $160 (DEH-X7600HD), $190 (DEH-X8600BS), $200 (DEH-X8600BH) and $260 (DEH-X9600BHS).