The Pioneer DMH-1500NEX 7″ multi-media receiver sets a new benchmark for high-end aftermarket head units.
All the features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 13 Band Equalizer & compatibility to connect with iDataLink Maestro, makes this head unit a future-proof upgrade.
This is the one to go for if you want a good value new Head Unit.
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Pioneer DMH-1500NEX Review
If you have decided to upgrade your factory stereo to a new touchscreen head unit, you must have heard about the new Pioneer DMH 1500NEX. There are many reasons to look at this stereo it might be watching Youtube, doing the hands-free calling, or listing to high-quality music in your car.
Pioneer DMH-1500NEX can give you all the latest features and an impressive touchscreen display 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 getting this double din stereo.
DMH-1500NEX supports the GPS Navigation system, however, it does not comes with a Navigation antenna. Those who don’t want to buy an external Navigation module can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto 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.
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The DMH 1500NEX also supports WebLink which helps you to listen to music and watch videos on YouTube and many other and apps wireless via Wi-Fi.
However, this unit lacks a CD/DVD player, but those who want this feature in their car should check this double din stereo, with which you can get a CD/DVD player with all the latest features.
What’s in the Box?
The box consists of all the basic things that you needed to install in your Car. It contains:
- 7″ Multimedia Receiver
- Wiring Harness for the installation
- USB Cable extension having a size of 58 inch
- 6 Pan Head ISO Screws
- 6 Countersunk ISO Screws
- Microphone with 13″ Cable having 2.5 mm Connector ends
- User Manual with a Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- Click Here to check other box content
Design and Features
This unit comes with a huge 7” LCD touchscreen 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. The display itself is good however, it does not come with antiglare which makes it tough to use in Sunlight.
There are five colors and a 112 key colors option available to customize the button color, which is available at the bottom of the screen.
While driving, the videos can not be played due to the company restriction, however, there are some ways in which you can play video while moving. You can use this Parking brake bypass to play videos while driving, it works great with this media receiver.
You can even change the clock design and the brightness of the display day and night. In short, the display is good for daily use. Numerous video Formats supported such as MPEG 1-2-4, WMV, AVI/DVIX are supported.
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. Many Audio formats are supported, such as FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV.
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.
Hands-free calling is quite common in all the latest double din whether it might be expensive or cheap. But when it comes to calling while driving in the open vehicle, the call quality gets sucks. But thanks to Pioneer, they really focus on every point. Most of the verified customer says that their call quality is clear and sharp.
Pros and Cons
Update: Pioneer DMH-1500NEX has been Listed in Our list of Top 10 Best Pioneer Car Stereos For 2021!
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
As we already mentioned above, it does support Apple CarPlay 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 the features and apps and other kinds of stuff directly in the large touchscreen stereo just by connecting your phone with the receiver via USB cable and can take the advantage of CarPlay in your vehicle. Apps like Apple Maps, or Google Maps, Waze for viewing maps.
The main problem we found while using Google maps and Apple Maps, sometimes it allows four fingers to drag and sometimes not. Don’t know the exact reason. The other bad we found while using the map is, whenever you get a call the navigation menu disappears. You have to reconnect the device with the receiver to use navigation again.
Although all other head units at this price do not support wireless android auto or apple carplay. But there is an option to stream music wirelessly via Pandora or Spotify with its built-in Bluetooth which can support up to two devices at a time. Also, there is no default option for Mirror Link, but you can use it just by connecting your phone with the receiver through AV input via HDMI to RCA Converter and Lightning to AV Adapter.
- Large 7” LCD Touch Display
- Resolution- WVGA (800 x 480)
- Size: 11 x 9.5 x 6 inches
- LED Backlight
- 13 Band adjustable EQ
- 4 x 50 watts power output
- 4 x 14 watts RMS
- Hands-Free profile
- Direct USB Control for iPhone
- Built-in Radio with 18 FM and 6 AM presets
- 6 Channel preamp output
- Front USB input
- FLAC supported
- Dual Bluetooth Connection
- ONE year Warranty
- Easy Preset EQ
- AUX input
- HDMI input
- Wired Remote connection
- Subwoofer Control
- JPEG Photo slider
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 Navigation Antenna and more.
After reading Amazon reviews, we found some people complain about so-called CD skipping. However, in our test, we didn’t find such a thing in this head unit.
The other thing we found in the review section is the problem that is caused by the hands-free calling mode. After the call ends, the stereo doesn’t go back. We also found this problem but it was easily fixed by updating its firmware which was recently rollout by a pioneer.
Here are some questions which were asked by people related to this multi-media receiver.
Does Pioneer DMH-1500NEX support Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto?
This head unit only support wired CarPlay and Android Auto. The only reason for no wireless option is its price. However, if you want a wireless CarPlay or wireless Android Auto head unit, you should check our list of top 10 best Pioneer head unit in 2021!
Is it worth it to buy Pioneer DMH-1500NEX in 2021?
For those eager to start using a large touchscreen or want the latest features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, with a high-quality sound system, the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX is worth the purchase in 2021. Will be best for those whose budget is under 500 dollars.
Will, it fits in my Car?
DMH-1500NEX fits in any car which has a double din dashboard. However, if your car’s dashboard has a small space which is around 2 x 7-inch, you need to do some manual adjustments which can be done with the help of a local technician.
You can use GPS Navigation in the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX with the help of Built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through which, you can easily navigate via Apple Maps or Google Maps.
Does it compatible with iPhone or Android?
This double din radio is fully compatible with almost all phones, you can connect your phone with the receiver through a USB cable or wirelessly via Wi-Fi works great with the built-in WebLink feature.
Does it support a Backup Camera?
Yes, it does support the backup camera. The best backup camera for Pioneer DMH-1500nex is Pioneer ND-BC8. This camera is suggested by Crutchfield which is expensive but you can expect good quality video output from it.
How to update firmware for pioneer DMH-1500nex?
For firmware update, click the home button, then go to the system option, and then scroll down. You will find system information and simply click firmware info. Then you can check if the firmware needs an update or not.
Web-link is the pioneer official app in which users can take advantage of apps like YouTube, 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 to get the DMH-1500nex installation manual?
You can get the installation manual of this head unit from here, it’s in PDF format.
How do I play Youtube videos in Pioneer 1500NEX?
There are multiple ways to play YouTube videos, such as Apple Carplay, android auto, and web-link. To use these features, you need to connect your phone with the head unit or you use also Wi-Fi to wirelessly play YouTube with the Web-link
What does DMH stand for Pioneer?
DMH stands for Digital Media Receiver. These are those head units that come with a large touchscreen and the latest features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and more…
When did Pioneer DMH-1500NEX released?
On 16th of March 2019, Pioneer released this multimedia receiver which is getting more and more popular even in 2021.
Here is a list that you should check before buying this stereo receiver
Why Buy Pioneer DMH-1500NEX?
- This head unit is best for those who want a Large touchscreen Display in their vehicle
- For those who want the latest features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- This double din receiver should also be best for those whose budget is not so high
- And for those who want to use all the latest car accessories such as iDataLink Maestro, Dual Backup Camera, and more
Who Should not buy this head Unit?
- Those people who want wireless Apple CarPlay stereo should avoid this unit.
- Those People who want a Built-in CD/DVD receiver should also this unit.
- Those People who want a built-in Garmin GPS Navigation stereo should also avoid this unit.
Many customers do complain about their stereo that this function is not working or it gets stuck while calling or their backup camera does not work but the key thing they miss is the installation. Many of them do the installation by themself and do the wrong wiring.
That’s why I will highly recommend doing the installation yourself only if you have the proper knowledge about installation otherwise leave this work for the expert or technician.
Pioneer DMH-1500NEX can give you all the basic and advanced features at a price range of under 500 Dollars however, there are many other Pioneer models available in the market that give all the features that 1500nex have, but those units’ price is comparatively high.
Pioneer DMH-1500NEX takes 10 seconds to fully boot up. The Bluetooth connection of this stereo is rock solid and the hands-free calling also works great. The drawback of this stereo is No HD video quality and No wireless CarPlay/ Mirror Link.
Good built quality, proper audio distribution, CarPlay, and solid Bluetooth connection make this unit the best multi-media receiver from other units and make it the best consideration for the future upgrade.
I’m Miles Walker, founder of HeadUnitAdvisor.com I have worked in sound technology for 8 years now. Here I educate the audience about car audio and stereo stuff. I also do Unboxing and reviews of the latest Car Stereos (Head Units).