UPDATE: The last time I’ve checked this head unit was out of stock. The best alternative would be the Pioneer MVH-300EX. If you want a stereo that has a fresher look, better sound quality and an awesome display this is the winner you’ve been looking for.
Life-changing device for a vehicle…
The market is filled with car stereos. The world doesn’t need another one. So how can you pick the right head unit to transform your car?
This is why I’ve created the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX review. Maybe this is the double din car stereo you have been searching for.
A good buddy of mine lives in his car. No, not the way you think. He has to travel a lot and got his company car. Since he’s spending so much time there, he needed to make it both safe and entertaining.
He’s a real road warrior. First of all, he wanted safety. This meant that hands-free control was a must. While he was at it, he wanted some audio because those long miles fly faster with music.
There were limitations on what he could and couldn’t do. As stated above, it’s a company car, so no irreversible changes were allowed. This is why he opted for the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX car stereo. He can switch it back with the stock once he returns the car.
Now here’s a quick preview of this head unit. No CDs or DVDs with this stereo. This miss is compensated by multiple sources of music. It comes with a 16-band EQ. The biggest selling point was the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Also, we shouldn’t forget that it’s SiriusXM ready.
Let’s get this Pioneer MVH-2400NEX review started.
Here’s the bird’s eye view for this head unit.
- Large responsive 7” display
- The sound got drastically better after install
- It’s a fast flip out unit
- The menu has a complicated submenu system
- It has tiny buttons
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Who is the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX for?
The Pioneer MVH-2400NEX double DIN car stereo is for people who drive a lot in their cars. Just like my friend Tom who I’ve mentioned in the beginning.
He was interested in three things. A car stereo for him should fulfill safety, entertainment, and no irreversible changes.
With hands-free control, you will be able to drive safely. Both Siri and Google Assistant will be able to send text messages so you can keep your eyes on the road.
If you love music and like to tweak it until it is perfect, this head unit comes with a 16-band graphical EQ (has auto EQ). You can spend hours on end optimizing. I know I did.
Last but not least, the changes aren’t permanent. You can switch it back to stock. This is important is you have a company car.
What can the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX do for you?
Let’s talk about the music first. You have standard AM/FM radio. Sorry HD radio is not offered with this car stereo. Pandora, Spotify and AppRadio mode work to entertain you. This is already a big selection, but wait, there’s more.
It comes with SiriusXM ready. You can listen to your favorite shows wherever you are. All you need is to add your account, and you’re done.
As there’s no CD/DVD, you will have to use a flash drive. You can pack a lot of music files on a good pen drive.
The head unit comes with a video input (camera input). You can mount a backup camera . I had my doubts. But it sure beats driving around the block, finding a sufficiently wide parking space. With this tech installed, I can park in tighter spaces.
We shouldn’t forget that both Apple Carplay and Android Auto is supported. Do remember that they need to be plugged in. The built-in Bluetooth helps you make hands-free calls. Also, you can send text messages by dictating.
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Pioneer MVH-2400NEX shortcomings
Now the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX is not the perfect stereo. It has smaller and bigger flaws. Let’s see how much of a deal-breakers are for you.
As I mentioned, it doesn’t have a CD/DVD player. So if you have music on those, it’s time to transfer them to an iPod or a memory stick. By eliminating this function, the head unit became lighter and easier to install.
For some reason, Pioneer loves to use small buttons. I shouldn’t list this in the flaws categories. It should be entered into the features. Most recent head units have this same problem/feature.
The manual is light. If you want to do a DIY install, I feel for you. You have better luck hitting YouTube for a qualified guide.
They have included a remote. It’s useless. I haven’t used it since I have the car.
All car stereos that cater to Android and Apple have two USB ports (rear USB). To get USB input you need to run some wires from the back to the front (input rear).
Let’s talk about navigation a bit. It’s clear that some kind of gearhead designed the menu system. It’s so complicated. The menu has many submenus. Now you need to keep everything in mind and try not to crash the car at the same time.
Here’s my last annoyance with this car stereo. It has a function built in to dim the screen when you turn the lights on. Ok, but what about driving with headlights during the day?
Imagine my surprise when I see the head unit completely dimmed while the sun is out. Of course, you can adjust it, but wait, you’re locked out until you don’t hack the system. I will tell you more about the hack in the next chapter.
Similar product: Pioneer MVH-1400NEX Review – Apple Only Stereo?
How To Get The Most Out Of Pioneer MVH-2400NEX?
I’ve mentioned this above that the CD/DVD unit has been removed, making the install easier. Still, it takes a lot of time to get everything right. I always suggest a professional install.
After you get that done, you might want to consider adding two more devices. The first one would be the iDatalink Maestro. This will help you keep your stock steering wheel controls. Also, by having the steering wheel controls, you don’t have to fiddle with the small buttons.
The next device isn’t necessary, but it’s a great hack. It is en e-brake bypass. If you want to dim the car stereo, usually you have to pull over. If you install the bypass, you can do it on the go.
My final advice is to utilize the personalization settings as much as you can. The more it looks like the interior, the more professional it appears.
The Pioneer MVH-2400NEX has a great Equalizer. If you don’t want to spend hours on tinkering, pick one of the presets.
Pioneer MVH-2400NEX Review Conclusion
All in all, it’s a good car stereo to have. If you value safety and entertainment, the Pioneer MVH-2400NEX might be a good fit.
Dear reader, you have reached the end of this Pioneer MVH-2400NEX review. I hope you have learned everything you needed. Now it’s time for you to decide if this is the right stereo.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Can I use Appradio mode with Android Auto Compatible Android Smartphone?
Appradio mode is extremely buggy so no matter what phone you will use it will let you down. It doesn’t matter if you have Apple Carplay compatible Android Auto device it won’t work. I understand Pioneer wants to control everything but AppRadio mode is a disaster.
Does the Pioneer NEX digital media receiver audio video remote control profile?
Yes, the Pioneer NEX digital media receiver has the audio-video remote control profile feature. Thanks to the built-in Bluetooth you can remote control audio streaming and video playback. Also, you can play pause songs.
What kind of audio features does the mvh-2400nex Pioneer digital media receiver provide?
With the mvh-2400nex Pioneer digital media receiver you are getting the following audio features: Audio streaming, Audio playback, excellent sound quality, auto EQ, time alignment And it also displays artist album information.
Does this Pioneer NEX in-dash receiver has time alignment?
Yes the Pioneer NEX in-dash receiver comes with the time alignment feature. If you don’t know what time alignment is, the setup of speakers so the sound hits you at different times.
What’s the screen size of the Pioneer stereo?
The screen size is 7″ wide. Best of all it’s Bluetooth enabled.
Is there a backup camera coming with the package?
There’s only the head unit in the package. Everything else is sold separately. Maybe you already have a camera in mind. This is why there’s no bundle package every component is sold separately.
Should I consider the Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX an alternative for Pioneer MVH-2400NEX?
Yes, it’s one of the best alternatives. Take a look at the Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX review for more details.
What can the iDatalink Maestro do for the Pioneer receiver?
If you connect the iDatalink Maestro to the Pioneer NEX unit you will get back your steering wheel controls. Not only that but you can get vehicle information as well. For example the car stereo will display the tire pressure, temperatures, gauges voltages etc. This is why it’s a good idea to get an iDatalink Maestro installed. This device is sold separately.
How is the sound quality with this Pioneer stereo?
The sound quality is great. It doesn’t matter if you are doing audio streaming, audio playback or video playback the sound quality is superb.
Is Apple Carplay Android Auto supported on this device?
Yes both Apple Carplay Android Auto works perfectly.
What kind of camera input can I expect with this stereo?
There’s one camera input this is for the rear view camera (sold separately). Since there’s just one camera input you can’t mount a dash cam.
Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by Danny Reid