This Pioneer SPH-DA120 in-dash receiver features built-in Bluetooth technology for simple music streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices and making phone calls using the integrated microphone. The double DIN mounting style makes installation easy.
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So you can play music from your personal library. iPhone and Android functionality support includes AppRadio mode and wireless Pandora control.
Lets you stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and utilize the integrated microphone for hands-free calls. Siri Eyes Free support for compatible Apple iPhone models offers enhanced functionality.
For listening to your music.
Rear camera connectivity
Lets you easily connect a back-up camera to aid in parking.
3 pairs of preamp outputs (4V)
For convenient connection.
6.2" WVGA capacitive touch-screen display
Offers clear readouts and simple navigation of features.
Tuner with 24 presets (6 AM, 18 FM)
So you can quickly find your favorite channels.
With front, rear and sub crossover enables custom sound options.
Double DIN mounting style
Ensures a proper, secure fit.
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Solid audio performance solid iPhone connectivity
Posted by: AudioholicDude from: on
Disclaimer: this is an iPhone users review and its long. The audio portion is universal, but everything else afterwords is moslty iPhone specific. Im using an iPhone 6.
This is the BEST Appradio to date!
Finding a NAV unit that has a intuitive and beautiful user interface and solid sonic performance is a needle in a hay stack. I was so glad to see Pioneer decided to up the game by showing some love for the audiophiles while giving us a Apple designed with 1 wire supported nav connectivity.
Lets break down what this Pioneer system offers:
FLAC support. Thats all I have to say. Audiophiles know what it means. If it supports FLAC than your know sound quailty from this unit has to be great.
13 band EQ. THIRTEEN BANDS. We can now have more control over our audio adjustments. More bands to precisely EQUALIZE our music the way the artist and engineers mastered it. We can overcome the obstacles in the automotive environment that tends to mute and boost unwanted frequency plagued from listening in the car. More is not necessarily better for those who are unfamiliar. You can make or break the way your music can sound by improperly adjusting y
our EQ curve. I am one to appreciate the 13 bands tho.
Time alignment! This is a gem! For those who dont know what this is, its a god send. The car is one of the worst environments for music. It takes so much works for a car to sound as close to perfection. (Yes people, it takes more than replacing speakers and adding amps to get a car to sound perfect.) In a car, the sound doesn't come from the right locations. Optimal listening would require you to wear headphones or sit directly in front of your listening stage. Does that sound like a car? No. Time alignment helps by delaying the sound in milliseconds from each channels/location so when they meet, they are concentrated right a certain focal point. In a car, sound should come DIRECTLY in front of you above your steering wheel by your windshield, literally in front of you, not the center of your dash, but in front of you. Not behind you. Not by your left feet. Not by your right floor front floor board. Get it? Your car doesnt have optimal locations for where a speaker should be placed. Time alignment can fix that.
Independent speaker volume adjustments. Even more control!
The ability to turn off rear speakers. Why is this good? Music is only recorded in 2 channel stereo. Just left and right. Nowhere in that track is dedicated information for for two channels behind the listener. Does a full fledged band surround you when they set the stage? Nope. They are directly in front of you and thats how the music is recorded. Only in movies would you get dedicated rear channels. Music is not surround sound. Paired with a subwoofer, a really great pair of front channel components speakers, plenty of power, properly adjusted EQ curve, and precisely matched time alignment, I can guarantee you wont miss your rear speakers. Put twice the $ into your front speakers since your savings $ by not touching the rear.
High pass and low pass filters have adjustable slopes from 6,12, or 24 db slopes. This is unheard of in a deck of this class. Actually, most of the audio adjustments on this unit can only be found on extreme high end equipment. Meaning a 1 DIN CD player with no screen or NAV for $1k has these feature (and a lot more audio adjustments for a hard core audiophile), and if not an expensive deck, a standalone sound processor with these audio features cost just as much as this unit! A sound processor! It only processes sound. They dont play music or have a screen. So what you get out of this unit is phenomenal from a shear audioholics standpoint.
The screen is beautiful. The resolution is sharp. Colors are bright and vivid. The glass screen has a premium feel to it. Down side, its a fingerprint magnet, and can reflect glare from direct sunlight. It feel better than touching a plastic screen like on some other units. And there is a little bit of backlight bleeding around the edges when its dark out. Other than that, the screen is wonderful. Its also capacitive touch so pinch and zooming works on maps. Basically it feels like modern smart phone screen. The units front fascia looks sexy. Sitting in the dash looks sexy (for most cars, not all cars are created equal). The capacitive soft keys on the left just looks classy. Any the whole illumination and display is customizable so it can perfectly match the factory color illumination of your car.
CarPlay nav works well. Did I mention is one wire connectivity? Just use your the original lightning sync cable on USB 1. The nav map is simple and clutter free. Tell Siri to find your directions instead of tapping away on the screen. Or you can still tap away on the screen. Destinations are cumulative. So if you discussed addresses or places in emails, texts, or browsing history, its listed already. And since the Nav is thru the native GPS app on the iPhone, its ALWAYS up to date in real time.
Texts are not listed as a message. Just who its from. Apple doesnt want you to read while driving. So anything text related is heard and spoken, not seen. I can respect the safety portion of that.
The apps are limited within CarPlay, it is still in its infancy. Spotify does work and so does the native iPhone music player. I dont care for the CarPlay interface on the screen in regards to music playback. Its too boring and plain for my taste. The good thing is, the native Pioneer music player works simultaneously. So if I'm using the CarPlay nav, I dont have to be stuck on the boring CarPlay music screens, I just switch to the Pio music screen whether its Spotify or any other music app and will be visually pleased.
CarPlay hands free is fine. For some reason tho ( if CarPlay is turned on in the Pio unit) the hand free calls dont sounds as crisp as the Pioneers native hand free calling. If car play is off, bluetooth calls do sound different than if carplay is on and carplay does the phone calls. In my case, I only have CarPlay on when I'm using NAV. When nav is not in use, CarPlay is turned off and I just use the native Pioneer functions for everything.
Connectivity is great. Yeah there is no optical drive fron DVD/CD, but do we really find ourselves using them as much these days? Majority of music is downloaded to USB drive/music players or streamed from a smartphone. There a Bluetooth audio streaming, dual USB inputs, still as a rear AUX in. It also has an HDMI input. USB 1 plan for ipod connectivity, the USB 2 have for anything. Load a flash drive with video files or music files, and yes, FLAC files!. But then there are those about video.... Remember all those blu rays you bought that have digital copies? Load them onto a flash drive, the Pioneer unit can play them! Remember that HDMI input? Its a video and audio connection. IPhone iPod with a lightning or 30 pin connector? Use the Apple's HDMI adapter for lighting or 30 pin. BAM! HDMI for all you movies off your iPhone or iPod. Want to keep that connection clean when using the bulky Apple digital adapter? Check out cable jive website for Apple dock extenders cables. And there is no support for SiriusXM hardware, but there is an app for that. lol
I may sound like a Best Buy fanboy, but hear me out. Anything with a hefty price tag is an investment. Just like anything, what you get is only as good as how you treat it. With automotive electronics, the install will make or break the system. Make sure who ever is doing the work knows EVERYTHING. Pay for the service if you have to. You pay car insurance for that what if scenario right? Whats 10-20% of the cost of the unit for install services? I mean that a small price that will guarantee the work and piece of mind. Hooking up color coded wires IS NOT installing. It may sound easy cause its color coded, but true installer know what the colors mean and how it works, knows how the MIC or GPS antenna placement effect functionality, etc etc. "Thinking" you know what your doing can cause more harm than good. Poor installation can easily hurt your car, your infotainment system, and your wallet.
Im tired of typing. I recommend you going to a store and play with a functional unit. Ask all the questions. Make sure you speak with someone familiar with a unit. Make sure the salesman is actually knowledgeable or speak with a tech that actually touches and sets up these units on a daily basis.
So far I've loved my system for about 2 months. It works and sounds superb so far!
Please excuse any grammar errors :)
92 out of 100 found this review helpful.
nice on surface, missing some functionality
Posted by: debokor from: on
This is my second pioneer app radio. The Carplay interface works very nicely, although the carpal apps are very limited.
The one key piece of info that is not at all clear for new users with iOS 8. You must essentially choose to use the carpal mode (with lightning cable), or set up the system with Pioneers interface cable and HDMI for appradio mode. If you set it up for carplay, you cannot use appradio third party apps such as Waze. This is not at all apparent on Pioneers web site, or any of the marketing material that I have seen. For me, this is relevant because navigation is one of my main uses, and the native apple maps does not do live traffic recalculation, meaning that it can't reroute you or suggest alternative routes based on changing traffic conditions (as you will find in Waze, MotionX, Tomtom, etc.). As of right now, according to my research, Apple is not allowing carplay access to third party navigation apps. Keep this in mind as you are planning.
24 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Good so far
Posted by: flinthill99 from: on
I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this product and so far I'm pleased. A lot of people have had negative reviews purely because of Apple Carplay but I think their displeasure seems to be more with the Carplay itself and not this radio. So far the radio is great. The volume and other buttons on the side are rather small and can be difficult to use while driving. Otherwise, everything works great. It connects to my phone as soon as I get in the car. The sound quality is good, the quality of using Bluetooth for phone calls is good, and I've been pleased with all the various features. Not to mention that the radio itself looks great. I've just not been pleased with Carplay. Overall I like it but I hate having to actually plug my phone in to use it. Text messaging using voice and having to listen to them when you receive them takes getting used to but I guess it's safer than looking at your phone while driving. Sometimes when your music is interrupted by a phone call or text, it seems to have issues going back to the song. It seems like Carplay will be a good thing after it's been out for awhile and they send out some updates and fix issues but overall it's a love/hate relationship with me right now. I tend to use the Bluetooth through the radio more than I connect it to Carplay right now. But overall I am pleased with this purchase.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great head unit for all smartphones
Posted by: macuseri686 from: on
Great product if you are looking for an awesome head unit with support for everything literally. It comes with built in carplay support, mirror link support and appradio support to cover all the bases. Since this is a pioneer product it is also compatible with a vast array of accessories like noise canceling mics, steering wheel remotes and car security systems. Only downside to this product is the depth of the head unit when installing. If your car does not have a very deep double din enclosure it may be a tight fit.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great Option for Apple CarPlay
Posted by: jamiebt from: on
I use this almost exclusively for Apple CarPlay and I am really happy with the system overall. It's quick and easy to play music and follow Apple Maps, etc. and the integration with my iPhone 6 Plus couldn't be easier. I haven't had any big issues with it yet, aside from Spotify sometimes needing to be restarted to play music. The album artwork that displays behind the song and artist information isn't incredibly visible, but if you tweak the screen settings, you can see it a bit better. Overall, I am really pleased and happy I bought this system.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great double din pioneer
Posted by: Kory from: on
This pioneer appradio was a great buy. I installed it in my 03 crv and it works great. I have it hooked up to a iPhone 6s Plus and I have the hdmi port hooked up to an Amazon Fire stick to stream Netflix and a number of other video content. Hook up was simple and no complaints. I also price matched it to Amazon and paid $429 which was $171 below sale price
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
the app radio system is good but still has bugs
Posted by: CAB2013 from: on
the app radio system still needs some work... even with the latest firmware. however, the rest of the radio works awesome! i love the customizable colors and themes which allow you to match the car interior lighting.
the only thing i miss from time to time is the CD/DVD player.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great system for the price!
Posted by: Jenn from: on
I love the system! And I'm so happy I inquired at bestbuy. They price matched Car Toys and did an excellent install job. Save me almost $400 in total.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
good piece of car tech
Posted by: branbass from: on
I bought this to replace my standard radio/cd player in my car. I definitely wanted the car play feature as i have all my music on my iphone. it works pretty good, but the car play can be buggy at times. not the fault of the unit so much as the software. my only complaint is the screen isn't bigger for the price. overall i am satisfied.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Donor from: on
So I've owned the app radio 1, 2, 3 and now 4, if you would call it V4. It's the first app radio that I feel does what you wanted to do. both USB ports are now powered that's nice. It now has CarPlay, that's nice. Android app radio still works the same but it always worked well. The new audio enhancements set it above the rest. I recommend it.