LAS VEGAS--Pioneer is taking steps into a segment of the car audio market that up until now has been monopolized by Alpine, with its first ever mech-free receivers, the MVH-P8200 and the MVH-P8200BT.
Tossing out the often-unused CD drive, the single-DIN MVH-P8200 has no moving parts--hence the designation "mech-free." The receiver was designed to work best with Apple's iPhone and iPod, but it should play back MP3, WMA, and iTunes AAC music files via USB and SD memory card. The USB port is located directly on the front face of the receivers and the SD memory card slot is located behind the removable front face.
In the case of the P8200BT, A2DP Bluetooth stereo audio-streaming and hands-free calling are also added as audio sources. Users can browse their media libraries on the P8200's 3-inch color TFT display using Pioneer's seven-way rotary encoder, which is a knob-joystick-button combo.
A MOSFET50 four-channel internal amplifier, an array of audio processing technologies, an 8-band graphic equalizer, and a trio of 4-volt preamp outputs each do their part to ensure that your digital audio sounds as good as it can, while allowing future system building.
The MVH-P8200 and the MVH-P8200BT will retail for $299 and $369, respectively, when they hit the shelves of your favorite 12-volt retailer around April or May 2010.