Pioneer AVIC-X920BT

The Good The Pioneer AVIC-X920BT supports Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, and extensively integrates with an iPhone to add support for Pandora Internet radio streaming and MusicSphere playlist creation; all with a very good voice command system to tie the functions together.

The Bad To use an iPod or iPhone with the X920BT you have to buy an additional adapter cable. If you want to get traffic data, you need to purchase and install an MSN Direct adapter; however, Microsoft is shutting the service off in January 2012.

The Bottom Line Pioneer's AVIC-X920BT not only addresses the core needs of most people, but also it's software is expandable to bring Internet radio into the car, harnesses your media library, and can help you get where you're going as economically as possible.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

Pioneer AVIC-X920BT

New for 2010, the Pioneer AVIC-X920BT slots in just below our current favorite all-in-one receiver and Pioneer's flagship model, the AVIC-Z110BT. This model keeps intact a good number of it's big brother's features that we loved--and a few that we didn't--while bringing a couple of new tricks to the dashboard, such as PandoraLink that takes control of the Pandora Internet radio app on a paired iPhone, giving you controls for skipping tracks, choosing stations, and rating songs from the AVIC's touch screen.

At the center of the X920BT's interface is a large 6.1-inch WXGA color touch screen. Most of your interactions with the navigation, phone, and multimedia systems will take place on the touch screen. Above the screen are a DVD slot and a microSD card slot. To the left of the screen, and closest to the driver, is a bank of buttons. Starting from the top of the deck, there's a volume rocker, a Home button, a Mode button, a track skip rocker, and a voice command button. The volume, skip, and voice command buttons behave exactly as you'd expect them to.

Pressing the Home button calls up a main menu with the AVIC-X920BT's three major functions: destination entry, hands-free calling, and choosing an AV source. Pressing the Home button a second time brings up a customizable Home screen that can hold up to 15 shortcuts to commonly accessed features, such as navigating to the nearest gas station or the user's favorite restaurant. The mode button switches between controlling the navigation system and monitoring the system's audiovisual playback.

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