The Pioneer AVH-X2800BS is packed full of the kinds of features that will get any music fan asking for more. Clearly aimed at a market that prioritises sound options over navigation, the device offers a host of options aimed at letting you customise your listening experience. It’s got a promising price tag, and there’s no shortage of reviews online that have nothing but good things to say about this fantastic stereo.
But first off, let’s take a look at the technical bits and pieces. The Pioneer AVH-X2800BS boasts a standard 6.2 inch display. It may not be the biggest screen around, but it’s not unusual to see stereos fitted with one this size, especially in this price range. The LCD screen is responsive, and we had no problems navigating our way through the available range of options. Thankfully, there are other options beyond using the touch screen. The Siri Eyes Free system allows iOS users to navigate with voice recognition alone. This is a vital feature these days, increasing your safety a huge amount, while also allowing for easy use of the system.
As for the audio capabilities, they’ve packed the Pioneer AVH-X2800BS with a decent 14 watts RMS cea-2006/50 peak internal amp featuring 4 channels. To be fair, we’ve seen much more powerful amps around, especially in devices that are clearly aimed at music enthusiasts. But this is definitely enough for any car stereo, and not at all a drawback.
But let’s look at what really sets this device out from the crowd: Pandora. It’s a fantastic service that allows you to customise your music choices, creating playlists on the fly and gradually building comprehensive radio stations. With a click you can give a track the thumbs up or thumbs down, giving Pandora the information it needs to build up a responsive database of your favourite songs. The more info you put in, the better it becomes at recommending new tracks, while also pulling up old favourites. It’s a top feature and, thankfully, is compatible with both Android and iOS.
John says “This thing is great… You can’t go wrong”, and “It’s amazing what tech you can put through your car”. Meanwhile, Hyfy nut is “Very happily surprised at the overall quality of this touchscreen deck”. If you’re looking for an affordable sound system that packs a lot more than you’d expect, this is definitely the one for you. Especially if you’re looking for a comprehensive music playback system that keeps on getting better.