First, the AVH line as a whole has far better improved screen quality and graphics. When we first saw the literature for this in an email we assumed the better graphics and color were due to photo shopping. However, to see it in person is to realize there was no airbrushing these models.
Second, the AVH line has an improved, updated and more user-friendly interface. This was long overdue. It is much easier transitioning from one menu or source to another.
Third, the AVH line as a whole, currently has full App Radio Mode for iPhone 4 and 4S. We’ve been told it will be available for the iPhone 5 in a few months with an additional adapter from Pioneer; the CD-IV202AV. The video component of the 5 changed and wasn’t compatible with the 2013 product line. The adapter will fix that. Even with an iPhone 4 or 4S you still need a specific harness to use App Radio Mode; the CD-IU201S. Without these cables, App Radio Mode isn’t possible.
With the iPhone connected to the rear USB, (rear USB is another change for the non 7” AVH models), the user can enter App Radio Mode and control a list of Apps from the touchscreen unit itself and not need to rely on the iPhone. At last check, there were 28 apps available for this, not counting the 30 or so European navigation apps that I assume most of you will not need. The beauty of App Radio Mode is this unit stays current and relevant, no matter how long you’ve had it. The list of compatible apps is continuously expanding and includes navigation, traffic, music, vehicle information displays and social media updates.
The AVH-X1500DVD is the entry level unit for the AVH line. With it you will have a 6.1” (upgrade from 5.8”) WVGA touchscreen, 3-2volt preouts (upgrade from 2-2volt preouts), MIXTRAX (upgrade, read our blog from…) along with other features already mentioned. Did I mention how great the screen looks?
The AVH-X4500BT is the middle of the road unit in the AVH line up for 2013. It is the least expensive with a 7” WVGA touchscreen and it also includes Bluetooth hands free and Bluetooth Audio streaming. Like the AVH-X1500DVD, it also has a rear USB. It is also the first in the AVH line up to have the 3-4volt preouts instead of 2volt.
Both of these units are great choices if you desire touchscreen and App Radio. They are well priced and so easy to look at. Come see us at C.A.R. Audio & Security to play with them and see for yourself.