Pioneer AVH-6300BT review: Pioneer AVH-6300BT

Typical Price: £500.00
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2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 1 user review

The Good App mode lets you watch iPod and iPhone video; plenty of audio and video sources.

The Bad Terrible screen; can't control iPod interface from the display; sat-nav add-on costs £370 extra.

The Bottom Line The Pioneer AVH-6300BT promises a great deal, but this is an overpriced after-market stereo that fails to deliver on many levels.

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5.5 Overall

Fed up with your car's puny factory-fitted stereo? Want the movie-playing, camera-viewing, sat-nav-toting action offered by high-end car stereo systems? Fret not -- Pioneer's £500 AVH-6300BT is here to solve your problems. Sort of. 

Visual impact

The unit slots into an ordinary-sized single DIN slot in your dashboard, but don't be fooled by its petite dimensions, as it packs a spec list that would put most stereo head units to shame. 

Hit a button in the centre of the control panel and a 7-inch, angle-adjustable touchscreen folds out to join the party. The display lets you enjoy a host of visual media, including DVD and DivX movies. It'll even let you play video via apps on your iPod or iPhone for all in the cabin to see. 

Complete eyesore

In theory, this should make the AVH-6300BT the greatest thing on the face of the earth, but there's a small problem -- its display is one of the worst we've ever come across. The 1,440x234-pixel resolution is so low it's possible to see each pixel that comprises an image from some distance, and the screen flickers outrageously, making it nearly impossible to discern any fine detail in your pictures. We could barely make out the licence plate number in pictures of cars.

The 7-inch screen is touch-sensitive.

Movie playback is marginally more impressive due to the fact that the images are constantly moving, fooling your eyes into thinking you're witnessing something awesome. Be warned, though -- the device will only play video if the handbrake is fully engaged, so this feature is only of use when you're stopped in traffic. 

Media darling 

The aforementioned iPod and iPhone app mode is flawed, too. Video playback sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, and the AVH-6300BT doesn't support Apple's iPod out functionality, so the graphical user interface for iPod isn't displayed on the screen, which is an oversight. To make the most of the media on your Apple device,  you'll need to use Pioneer's own iPod menu system.

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