These two series of units have always been top sellers in our car audio shop in Wake Forest. They always include sought after features and a price to match. These two units have a lot of similarities and a few differences with a price difference to match.
First, they both come with AM, FM,CD, USB, AUX, DVD and built in Navigation, Bluetooth hands free and Bluetooth audio streaming. They both can add satellite radio, back up camera and iPod. They each have the ability to fully control both Pandora Radio and Aha Radio with an iPhone attached with a specific cable or with an Android or Blackberry through Bluetooth audio streaming. That’s right; the Android is not the ignored step-child anymore.
Not only can you control Pandora and Aha Radio from Android using Bluetooth audio streaming, you get all information including album art right there on the screen. And in case you are wondering, Bluetooth audio streaming has excellent quality. Much better than playing audio through the headphone jack.
This year they each boast Advanced App Mode. With your iPhone plugged into the specific iPod adapter, you can enter into App Mode giving you an entirely different menu screen. It is the same as Pioneer’s App Radio. From there all your sources are apps that are downloaded on your iPhone, as of now 21 are useable while in Advanced App Mode. You can use iTunes, photos, calendar, Google Maps, Inrix Traffic, Pandora, Aha, MotionX and more.
For most customers, the AVIC-X940BT is the best choice. Economically speaking it does all they want and need and then some. The AVIC-Z140BH has all the above features plus several more which explains the difference in price.
It has 3D graphics on its navigation software and a full 7” touchscreen. It uses a SD memory card for media files and updating instead of a micro SD card as with the 940BT. It includes HD Radio, live Nav-Traffic updates, 3 preouts, 4 volts and voice control for iPod and Bluetooth controls.
It also has Dual Zone for rear seat entertainment. If you play a DVD in the Z140BH to play in the rear but you don’t feel like watching or listening to the latest Elmo DVD for the 20th time, feel free to hook up your iPod and listen to your own music.
One oddity that caused a few hairs to be pulled and some calls to Pioneer technical support; while using your iPhone or iTouch as the audio/video source with either receiver you need to make sure your Inrix App is turned off on your iPhone/iTouch/iPad. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you experience your receiver’s screen going mostly dark but still playing audio, which is the receiver turning to App Mode. Not to confuse you with Advanced App Mode but just App mode. Inrix, if it is an app on your iPhone and is turned on, will send you traffic updates. When it does this it forces your receiver into App Mode, losing visual. There’s a quirk once in a while but it’s not a biggie. Just remember if you choose Advanced App Mode you’ll have to turn Inrix back on with your iPhone.
Both units are high quality and full of features; many most people don’t even think about. Come see us in Wake Forest for all your car audio needs and to check out these units on display.