Pioneer AVH-2400NEX Review – Decent priced Android car unit?

Pioneer AVH-2400NEX 7" Touchscreen Double Din Android Auto and Apple CarPlay In-Dash DVD/CD Bluetooth Car Stereo Receiver

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…Waze or Google maps. These free services deliver much more than any stock nav. The only paid option that I would consider buying is which shows speed traps.

This car stereo is a gem. I mean, the market is flooded with both cheap and expensive products. This head unit stands out.

That’s the reason why I’ve created the Pioneer AVH-2400NEX Review. There have been many improvements from previous models. I love that they listen to customer feedback and modify things for the better.

One of the biggest issues with Pioneer units was the screen glare. Now it has been fixed. You can tilt the screen, so you are not bothered by the glare.

Here’s the preview for the Pioneer AVH-2400NEX head unit as you’ve probably seen, the screen got bigger. This newest mode’s screen size is 7” touch screen. They have improved on the built-in Bluetooth connection. It’s much faster.

The major selling point is the compatibility with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Do remember that Android Auto only works when you plug it in. This car stereo has many pretty features like HD radio, SiriusXM ready option plus a DVD player.

Now let’s get this Pioneer AVH-2400NEX review started.

Here’s the bird’s eye view for this head unit.

Pros
  • Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is supported
  • The display is easy to use
  • No more glare thanks to the custom tilting
Cons
  • DVD colors aren’t that sharp as on HDTV
  • The cooling fan is a bit noisy

Who is the Pioneer AVH-2400NEX for?

This car stereo is one of the best-priced units when it comes to Android Auto. People who are buying it get it for this feature.

Besides Android Auto, you can connect iPhones as well. Apple Carplay is ready for your commands.

The Pioneer AVH-2400NEX head unit brings a huge selection of music sources. If you like standard stuff, then there’s the AM/FM radio plus a CD/DVD receiver. This car stereo has two USB ports. You can plug a pen drive or an iPod. We shouldn’t forget about all the nifty apps either: Pandora and Spotify.

If you fancy better quality, this double din HU comes with SiriusXM ready and HD radio.

No matter what kind of music preferences you have, they are covered.

If you are interested in great hands-free controls and great music, this is the head unit worth considering.

What can the Pioneer AVH-2400NEX do for you?

As I mentioned before, there are two USB ports. One is dedicated to Apple phones and the other one for Android. You will need two USB cables if you have both of them. Make sure they are quality cables, or you will have difficulties.

Android Auto only works if the phone is plugged in. Yes, this is because Google is extremely slow with updated. Don’t get me wrong there are a few car stereos that have wireless Android Auto. There are a few issues with them. First of all, they cost a lot. Secondly, it only works with a few select phones.

The Pioneer AVH-2400NEX head unit comes with a video input. You can mount a backup camera for safer and faster parking. I highly recommend it for vans and trucks.

It has a built-in Bluetooth connection so you can drive safely. If you have teenagers driving, it’s an absolute must to get a hands-free radio receiver. We all know how kids are. They are glued to their phones, even when driving.

By having Siri or Google assistants make or take calls, they can focus on the road. Best of all, text messages can read and reply to without touching the phone.

 

Pioneer AVH-2400NEX shortcomings

The Pioneer AVH-2400NEX has flaws. I feel it’s my civic duty to include it in my reviews. The earlier you know, the better decision you can make.

For some reason, SiriusXM takes its sweet time to load. I’ve checked, and I had the latest firmware version. Only a handful of people reported this bug.

I’ve watched a few DVD movies. Something was missing. Finally, I’ve figured out the problem. This screen can’t give that sharp colors what and HDTV can. It’s not usually a deal-breaker. If you want to watch HD, then there is the cinema.

I miss the HDMI option. With that, you can connect multiple screens. It’s good for the kids on a long drive.

This isn’t exactly a problem but a bad design. There are no dedicated buttons for this car stereo. For example, if I want to hit next or previous, I need to press too many buttons. The same goes for the rewind. There must be smarter solutions for this issue.

Last but not least, the cooling fan is a bit noisy. It’s inaudible while driving. That’s the good part. I know an easy fix for this. All you need is to turn the volume up.

 

How To Get The Most Out Of Pioneer AVH-2400NEX?

My fans are probably guessing what’s coming next. To get a fully functioning Pioneer, AVH-2400NEX head unit gets a pro install. I prefer it that way because it saves me a lot of time and stress.

Once that’s done, do update the firmware. Here are a couple of things you should consider.

To have the best experience possible, you will need two additional items. One is the iDatalink Maestro. This nifty little gadget will help you keep your stock steering wheel controls as I mentioned in the shortcomings chapter, you need to press a lot of buttons to get certain functions done. The iDatalink Maestro does not come with the package it’s sold separately.

By installing this unit, you can skip or rewind a song with one button press. You can get vehicle diagnostic info on your head unit. I always check the tire pressure and voltage before I hit the road.

The mic is clear people who I talk to can hear me loud and clear.

You can’t watch movies while driving. Ok, fair enough, that’s what the law says. But Pioneer went overboard. You can’t make certain setting changes like EQ if you are driving. This is too much. There’s a fix for it. All you need is an e-brake bypass. Don’t forget to drive responsibly because movies are distracting.

One you get the bypass you can play with the 13-band graphic equalizer. Or you can choose one of the 7 presets.

Last but not least, do install a backup camera because parking will get a lot easier.

Pioneer AVH-2400NEX Review Conclusion

As you have seen, the Pioneer AVH-2400NEX is a good car stereo. It’s decently priced for getting both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Thanks to custom screen tilt, there’s no more glare. This head unit comes with a huge list of music sources. The display is easy to use. After I’ve changed my old stereo, the sound quality was phenomenal.

We have reached the end of my Pioneer AVH-2400NEX review. I hope you have found it valuable. What are you thinking? Is this a good stereo for you?

If you have any tips or ideas, do reach out.

Catch you later.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

 

What can iDatalink Maestro do for AVH-2400NEX?

The iDatalink Maestro is an extra device for this stereo. With it connected you will be able to retain steering wheel controls. Not only that with this device you can get vehicle information such as tire pressure, voltages, temperatures, etc. The iDatalink Maestro is a stand alone product so it’s sold separately.

Apple Carplay Compatbile Android Auto works with this Pioneer head unit?

Yes you can use both Apple Carplay and Android Auto with this car stereo.

How many camera input does this Pioneer HU has?

With this Pioneer unit your are getting one camera input. You can mount a backup camera for safer parking. If you want a dash cam installed then you will need a stereo that has more than one camera input.

Can I use Appradio mode with my phone?

Appradio mode is extremely buggy so no matter what phone you will use it will let you down. I understand Pioneer wants to control everything but AppRadio mode is a disaster.

Does this Pioneer unit comes with advanced sound retriever tech?

Yes this Pioneer head unit has advanced sound retriever enabled.

Is there a USB port on this stereo?

Yes there are two USB port options for this Pioneer. And it’s a rear USB. You can do audio streaming through wired connection.

What kind of audio features do I get with this stereo?

You are getting plenty of audio features. For example artist album is shown. And you can do audio steaming because the sound quality is amazing.

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