Pioneer AVH-2550NEX 6.8” Capacitive Display/ CD/DVD Player/HD Radio/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Pioneer AVH-2550NEX Review
Anyone searching for the best way to upgrade their infotainment system should give their five minutes to the new Pioneer AVH-2500NEX.
A Double Din Stereo, from Pioneer, can truly change the interior look of your car and help you in several ways such as reversing the vehicle easily, GPS Navigation, doing hands-free calling while driving, listing to music through Spotify, and watching Youtube videos at a high quality.
Pioneer AVH 2550NEX can give you all these features at a reasonable price. Let’s check out what other things you will get after buying the AVH-2550NEX.
What’s in the Box?
- Head Unit Receiver (11 x 11 x 7 inches)
- External microphone with Visor Bracket
- Wiring Harness for the installation
- USB Cable having a size of 58 inch
- Double-Sided Tape
- How to start Guide
- Wireless Remote Control with 3V Lithium Battery
- 12 Screws consists of 6 Pan Head ISO and 6 Countersunk
- Warranty Card and a User Manual
Design and Features
Pioneer AVH-2550NEX comes with a massive 6.8” touch screen display. The touch is clear resistive means that the contact is sensitive, and you do not press the show hardly to use anything on it.
Five Display color is given in which you can change the color of buttons located at the left of the screen. You can also customize the clock design and change the background color. You can enjoy YouTube videos of good quality.
A CD/DVD player is given at top of the receiver in which you can play videos of good quality and can support many audio/video formats such as MP3, WMA/WAV/MPEG 1<2<4, AVI/DVIX, and more.
This head unit is best for iPhone users because it takes very few seconds to connect the iPhone to the stereo. Built-in Bluetooth is available which allows you to connect two devices at one time. Also, Simple Secure Pairing helps you to connect your devices with the unit very quickly and securely.
There are so many features available in this stereo, probably it takes you around a week to know and use its full function. But Apple CarPlay is something that everyone wants in their car. Unfortunately, wireless CarPlay is not available in this stereo however, you can use this feature via connecting your phone with the receiver through a USB cable.
You can also use GPS Navigation through Apple CarPlay via Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, and all other Apps. Pre-built Navigation is not available but, there is an option to connect an external GPS antenna. Pioneer recommends using the AVIC U220 add-on for this radio.
It has a built-in amplifier that has a good power output and RMS. A built-in equalizer is also available, which is another cool feature of this unit. In the equalizer settings, it has two customs and five options as Natural, Vocal, Flat, Powerful, and Bass.
So many other customization settings are available such as Fader / Balance, mute level, source-level adjuster, subwoofer, and many more.
Video Review of the Pioneer AVH-2550NEX
Built-in HD Radio: It comes with pre-built HD radio with a tuner. There are about 18 FM and 6 AM Presets channels available. In radio settings, a quick EQ button is given on the right side so that you can change the equalizer setting according to your taste. Also, a quick call button at the right end of the screen is given to make calls quickly.
Hands-Free Calling: With AVH 2550NEX, you can do hands-free calling without any problem. It takes a few seconds to connect the phone to the unit. You can enjoy making calls from your head unit, which is very helpful when you are driving. Typically, while driving in an open car, the call quality sucks, but you will not face any issue with this radio.
Siri Eyes Free: It can support Siri Eyes Free in which you can play songs, sends messages, makes calls, and do other kinds of stuff with your voice control. While driving, this feature is extremely useful as you don’t need to touch the display.
Web-Link: The function of WebLink is pretty much the same as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; also, you can use it with your iPhone or Android device. You can use Web-Link for using the apps on the unit, which need to be already installed on your phone.
- 6.8” Capacitive Touch Screen with LED Backlight
- Resolution: 800 x 480 WVGA
- CD / DVD Player
- 13 Band Graphic Equalizer
- Power Output of 50 watts x 4 Channel
- 14 watts RMS per Channel
- Full Dimension: 11 x 11 x 7 inches
- Bluetooth with hands-free profile V 1.6
- Dual Phone connection supported in Bluetooth
- HD Radio having 18 FM and 6 AM channel
- MP3 Audio and RDS
- Dual Connection for front and rear Camera
- USB Input with direct control for iPhone
- FLAC Supported
- Sirius XM Ready
- iData-Link Maestro Ready
- Web Link Compatible
- Video Output for six channels
- Supports MPEG 1-2-4 Video Playbacks
- Other formats like WMV, JPEG, AVI /DivX
- 12 Months Warranty
Pioneer AVH 2550NEX is compatible with all types of car accessories, such as
- Dual Backup Camera
- Steering Wheel Control
- OBD2 Scanner
- Parking Assist Guideline
- iDataLink Maestro
- Sirius XM tuner
Below are some questions people asked related to this head unit.
Will this head unit fit in my car?
If your car’s dashboard has space for a double din (2-Din) radio, then this radio will surely fit in your car without any problem. But If your car has a single din dash (1-Din), then a manual adjustment should be required.
Is this head unit actually worth it to buy?
There is no doubt that Pioneer AVH 2550NEX is one of Pioneer’s best car stereo. You will get a CD/DVD player, which most other head units do not provide with the latest features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Can I watch videos on Pioneer AVH-2550NEX?
There are multiple ways that you can videos, such as CD drive and YouTube via Apple CarPlay. Also, you can directly play movies through the USB input.
Can I pair more than one phone in AVH-2550NEX?
Yes, you can pair two devices at a time due to its dual Bluetooth support feature.
Will I get a free backup camera with it?
No, Backup camera is not given in the box, However, there are two inputs available to connect a rare view camera and a dash camera.
Does this stereo support USB Charging?
Yes, it does support USB charging for both Android as well as iOS.
What is Web-Link in?
With WebLink, you can use all of your phone’s apps on the stereo like YouTube, Google Maps, etc. But to connect, you also need to install a WebLink application on your mobile device.
Where can I download the user manual for AVH 2550NEX?
You can download the user manual for 2550-NEX from here.
Pioneer AVH-2550NEX – Final Verdict
Pioneer did a superb task of making this radio. AVH 2550NEX is one of the pioneer’s best car radios for the money. In 2021, no stereo provider will give all the unit features at this price. The serious evaluating makes this unit a phenomenal starter in-run beneficiary with enough highlights to get you by satisfactorily.
If you are serious about upgrading your audio system, then this is the unit, you must purchase. Otherwise, you can also check our Pioneer DMH 1500NEX review which is also a nice head unit however, it does not come with CD/DVD receiver.
This stereo will be an excellent choice for those who want an Apple CarPlay and a DVD player even though it is a bit costly but worth every penny.
The Pioneer AVH-2550NEX connects very quickly with iPhone as well as Android. The only drawback in this head unit is no wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Otherwise, it’s a great car stereo.
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