Pioneer AVH 280BT In Dash DVD Receiver Review
The Pioneer AVH-280BT In-Dash DVD Receiver is a quite powerful and responsive player. It features an intuitive and user friendly NEX interface which is quite easy to use and can even be customized. The DVD receiver consists of an all new resistive and clear touch screen which offers vibrant and more dynamic colors.
The improved touch sensitivity makes the player even more responsive when compared with others resistive touch panels. The player is capable of playing CDs and DVDs and is also equipped with a Bluetooth feature that allows wireless pairing with compatible devices.
The huge 6.2 inches WVGA touchscreen display of the system will further simplify your navigation experience. In order to provide better clarity it also features an antiglare coating.
Features of Pioneer AVH-280BT In-Dash DVD Receiver
AVH-280BT is an amazingly designed DVD receiver from Pioneer which is equipped with many handy features. Here we have discussed some of the interesting features of this system.
Wireless Calling and Audio Streaming
It boats a hand- free calling and wireless audio streaming features that allows the user to play different tracks, albums, songs, artists by simply pairing their smart devices with the system’s Bluetooth. You can wirelessly browse the music libraries of your smartphones. This innovative wireless technology makes you driving experience even more fun and convenient.
The player also delivers a better call quality reception by making use of the latest Wideband Speech Handsfree Profile 1.6. This result in the increasing of bandwidth of frequency to nearly double and enhances the audio quality of your calls.
The massive6.2 inch touchscreen display of the player is accompanied by LED Backlight display. The three different colors of display and the antiglare coating enable the users to easily navigate. This also helps in displaying the visuals with sharp and dynamic details.
The three different colors available for display allow you to choose a player that matches well with the interiors of your vehicle. It also includes a fixed face plate for additional security.
Different Playback Options
The Pioneer AVH-280BT media player features various options for playback like CD, MP3 and DVD. This means that you can enjoy playing your favorite CDs, DVDs or MP3 songs while driving your vehicle.
You can also connect your Android and iOS devices to the player either via Bluetooth or through a USB port for playing your favorite music. It is designed to deliver robust audio output and performance.
Easy to Use Controls
The player incorporates quite handy and easy to use controls. The player consists of a dedicated backup camera input which is compatible with universal rear view cameras featuring RCA composite input. The RCA video input can be used for connecting other devices and separate monitors to the system.
However, if you wish to access the steering wheel controls too then you will have to buy them separately as they are not included in the product.
The Pioneer AVH-280 BT In-Dash DVD Receiver is an ideal buy for those who wish to experience the real fun of music while driving. The player also includes decent amount of features which makes it a must buy for music lovers. Buy now and enhance the audio streaming experience of your vehicle.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great upgrade for boring, stock car stereos
By M. Sullivan
Summary: Great car stereo if you don’t want the superfluous bells and whistles from higher end models.
I purchased the AVH-280BT primarily as a screen for a backup camera that I was installing in my 2007 Honda Accord. However, I also wanted to use the opportunity to take a look at how far I wanted to go in improving my car stereo situation – I was using the stock radio and an AUX adapter I had hooked up a few years ago.
When shopping, I considered the higher end models that offer things like CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, AppRadio, GPS navigation, etc. Honestly, unless you really need any of these things, I would pass. CarPlay is in its infancy, requires a usb connection to the phone, and the reviews have been less than stellar. AppRadio frequently breaks with new iOS updates. The GPS units provided in these stereos can’t hold a candle to native phone apps like Waze. I guess HD radio and satellite might be interesting, but it seems unnecessary to me given the plethora of internet radio options via the bluetooth connection to your phone. Bluetooth was really my only must have feature.
Setup was no different than any other car stereo – crimp or solder the wires from the radio harness to the vehicle harness, plug and play, and you’re good to go. I also connected the AWSC-1 to preserve steering wheel controls, this took me a bit longer due to issues specific to my vehicle, but I eventually figured it out.
In using the AVH-280BT the last week or so, I think this model is great for the 90% or so of people that want to modernize their older car’s stereo setup, or upgrade a newer car’s basic stereo to something more exciting. The backup camera images come through nice and clearly, and the screen has a nice viewing angle. Bluetooth (including phone calls) and the iPod connection work great, although on my iPhone 6, I’ve found Bluetooth to be more reliable in terms of displaying album/artist information. AM/FM stations come in just as strong as the stock radio, and FM displays audio information, too. I haven’t tried to play DVDs.
The UI is hideous, yes. But, in perusing the radios from various manufacturers in store, ranging from the high end models to the low end – they were ALL that way. Obviously this is one of the primary problems that CarPlay is looking to solve… but the reliability and convenience factors just aren’t there yet. The UI is usable, and fairly intuitive, but it ain’t a work of art.
One note: setting up Bluetooth and/or playing DVDs requires a connection to the parking brake. Yes, Pioneer locks you out of the Bluetooth pairing menu unless the parking brake wire is connected and the brake is engaged. Making this connection would have been very difficult for me to do. Instead, I installed a manual switch, one end connected to the radio’s parking brake wire, and the other connected to ground (I just used some spare wire to splice into the radio’s ground cable). Flicking the switch emulates the electrical response of engaging and disengaging the parking brake, which makes the radio happy.
Overall, I highly recommend the AVH-280BT for anyone looking to upgrade their car’s audio system. It does not have the features that the higher end models have, but most of them are gimmicks anyway.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid unit with bluetooth pairing
I had this professionally installed in a1998 ML 320. I wanted Bluetooth phone calls and streaming in a double dinn that did not look like it was also designed to do a light show in a 16 year old’s vehicle. I paid a little more for a double din with a DVD player because I wanted the Pioneer brand and I did not want the clunky light displays of other generic brands. I like the double dinn because it fit well in my vehicle and made an older vehicle look updated.
I have had it installed for 3 days now.
-I didn’t think I wanted a remote on second hand it would be nice.
– if I could talk to siri from the head unit or a remote this would be nice too.
-1 other minus is that when you turn the volume up the number the volume is at is displayed right below your hand making it hard to see.
-There is a slight buzzing sound that can be heard through the bluetooth connection when listening to a podcast but when streaming music it cannot be heard.
When making phone calls everyone says they can hear me well… So microphone quality is good.
Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy. reconnects automatically.
I like the mute button just below the volume
I streamed podcasts the last 2 days and really enjoyed having this option.
CD sound quality is good also.
DVD quality is as expected.
Touch screen is responsive.