Pioneer DMH-1500NEX Review

    We all know that there are tons of stereos available in the market, and every stereo company says, they make the best head units from the market.

    But the thing is, only a few head units in the market have a good built and awesome sound quality which can satisfy the user’s demand.

    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX is one of them which can give you all the latest features and good quality at a reasonable price.

    In this article, we talk about all the good stuff and bad stuff of DMH-1500NEX. We will also find what other things you will get after buying DMH-1500NEX.


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    • Large 7” Touchscreen Display
    • Rock Solid Bluetooth Connection
    • 13 Band Adjustable Equalizer
    • Apple CarPlay works Flawless
    • Support High-Res FLAC Files

    What is the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX?

    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX is a budget Double Din car stereo, in which you can take advantage of the latest features such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and hands-free calling, which is one of the safety features while driving a vehicle.

    DMH-1500NEX is a Navigation ready stereo that means you connect a GPS navigation module with the receiver. Those who don’t want to buy an external Navigation module can use Apple CarPlay to view maps via Google Map, Waze, or Apple Maps. Siri Eyes Free is also compatible with the unit where you can make or receive calls or send a message without touching the display.

    The 1500NEX is also compatible with Web Link (those who do not know about Web Link, it an application in which you use your phone apps directly on the display of the receiver, but you also need to install the WebLink app on your phone)

    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX is best for those who want Apple CarPlay in their car at a good price. But you should also make sure that your vehicle’s dashboard has space for double din radio.

    What’s in the DMH-1500NEX Box?

    The box consists of all the basic things that you needed to install it in your Car. It contains:

    • 7″ Multimedia Receiver
    • Wiring Harness
    • USB Cable extension having a size of 58 inch
    • 6 Pan Head Screw
    • 6 Countersunk Screw
    • Microphone
    • User Manual with a Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card

    Detailed Features of DMH-1500NEX


    This unit comes with a huge 7” LCD screen with which you can enjoy watching videos at a high quality. The touch is resistive, which helps to use the screen smoothly or without applying any pressure.

    There are five colors and 112 key color option available to customize the button color, which is available at the bottom of the screen.

    You can even change the clock design and the brightness of the display for day and night. In short, the display is good for daily use.


    The audio quality is super awesome due to its built-in amplifier, which has a power output of 200 watts max. You can also enjoy wireless music in Pandora and Spotify via built-in Bluetooth; even you can pair two phones at a time with Bluetooth. The audio quality is good and distributes evenly in the whole car due to built-in Auto EQ, another cool feature.

    Apple-Car Play / Android Auto

    As we already mentioned above, it has apple and android auto, but the thing we do not mention above is that this unit does not support wireless CarPlay. But if you have iPhone or Android, you can use all of your apps and other kinds of stuff directly in the large touchscreen stereo just by connecting your phone with the receiver via USB cable.

    Functions like YouTube, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, making calls, sending messages, etc. Although most android auto or apple play does not have a wireless option, you can use Bluetooth for playing music or audio files wirelessly.  

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    Hand-Free Calling

     In many good head units, hands-free calling is quite common. But when it comes to calling while driving in the open vehicle, the call quality gets sucks. But thanks to pioneers, they really focus on each and every point. The quality in 1500NEX is great, and most of the customer also says that their call quality is good.


     There are 13 graphic equalizer settings are available in which two custom and five other options to choose preset such as Natural, Vocal, Flat, Bass, and Powerful. A time Alignment option is available, which helps to distribute audio evenly in the whole car.

    Compatible Accessories

    DMH-1500NEX is compatible with all types of vehicle accessories. Some of them are listed below:

    • iData-Link Maestro
    • Backup Camera
    • Dash Camera
    • Sirius-XM XAV 300 tuner
    • Steering Wheel Control
    • USB and RCA Cables
    • GPS Antenna and more.
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    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX Specifications

    • Large 7” Touch Display
    • Resolution- WVGA (800 x 480) 
    • Size: 11 x 9.5 x 6 inches 
    • LED Backlight
    • 13 Band adjustable EQ
    • 50 x 4 watts power output
    • 14 watts RMS
    • Hands-Free profile
    • Direct USB Control for iPhone
    • Built-in Radio with18 FM and 6 AM presets
    • 6 Channel preamp video output
    • Front USB input
    • FLAC supported
    • Dual Bluetooth Connection
    • ONE year Warranty
    • RDS
    • Easy Preset EQ
    • AUX input
    • HDMI input
    • Wired Remote connection
    • Multi-Language Text supported
    • Subwoofer Control
    • Many Audio formats are supported, such as MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV.
    • Video Format such as MPEG 1-2-4, WMV, AVI/DVIX 
    • JPEG Photo slider
    • Premium Looking Design gives glossy look to your vehicle
    • Takes very little time to boot-up
    • The Audio Quality is next level
    • Bluetooth Calling Works great due to the good built-in microphone.
    • THE Rear USB input makes it easy to connect your phone with the receiver
    • Compatible with a large number of car accessories
    • Spotify and Pandora work wirelessly
    • Voice control via Siri Eyes Free works perfectly.
    • Easily fits in all double din dashboard.
    • A wireless remote is also given with the radio.
    • Easy to connect Bluetooth and has a strong connection
    • No built-in HD Radio but compatible with Sirius XM
    • CD / DVD Player is not given in this digital receiver.
    • Wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto not supported however if you want to use CarPlay in it, you need to connect your phone with the receiver via USB Cable
    • Some customer complaint that after doing a call, the back button would not work; it needs to unplug the device to go back
    • The resolution is not full HD, but according to price and considering the other features, it might not be a bad deal.


    What is the pioneer web-link?

    Web-link is the pioneer official app in which users can take advantage of apps like You-Tube, Zomato, and other apps that are installed on your phone, but if you want to use it in your car head unit, you need to download a web-link app from the AppStore or Playstore.

    How do I play youtube videos in pioneer NEX?

    There are multiple ways to play YouTube videos, such as Apple Carplay, android auto, and web-link. But to use these features, you need to connect your phone with the head unit.

    How do I use android auto/apple Carplay in 1500NEX?

    To use carplay in your head unit, you first need to connect your android or iPhone with the receiver via USB cable and then click the Carplay option in your unit.

    How to get the DMH-1500nex installation manual?

    If you want a 1500nex installation manual, click here, and it will take you to the official pioneer website; then scroll down, and find the installation manual download option.

    Which is the best backup camera for D-1500nex?

    The best backup camera for DMH-1500nex is Pioneer ND-BC8. This camera is suggested by the Crutchfield

    How to update firmware for pioneer DMH-1500nex?

    For firmware update, click the home button, set the click system option, and then scroll down then; you will find system information and click firmware info. Then you check if the firmware needs an update or not.

    How do you use Pioneer DMH-1500NEX?

    If you are new to the car stereo, it might be difficult for you to use it first. But don’t worry, there are many tutorials on YouTube where you can find how to use a car stereo.

    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX -Final Verdict

    Pioneer DMH-1500NEX can give you all the basic and advanced features at a good price. You can buy this top-rated head unit for 300 dollars from amazon, which will be a good deal.

    There are many models in the market that give all the features that 1500nex have, but those units’ price is comparatively high. 

    For those who want an Apple CarPlay head unit at a low price, then 1500nex will be a great choice.

    You can also install this unit in your vehicle without the technician’s help. The good built quality and solid Bluetooth connection make this unit the best of all the other units.