The Good The Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT features a wide array of digital audio sources, including Bluetooth audio streaming, USB connectivity, HD Radio, and iPhone app control for Pandora and Aha Radio. The navigation system is responsive and easy to use, and includes a traffic tuner in the box. Voice control makes it safer to navigate digital media while driving.
The Bad The iPod interface cable required to enable the much-touted iPhone functions is a separate purchase.
The Bottom Line In one box, the Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT has all the must-have car tech features that most people could want, including hands-free calling, voice-controlled digital audio playback, and turn-by-turn directions with traffic data.
Pioneer AVIC Z130BT
The Pioneer flagship receiver that won our Editors' Choice Award in 2009 is back in its third generation as the AVIC-Z130BT. This all-in-one receiver is something of a car tech magic bullet, rolling GPS navigation, audio and video playback, and hands-free calling into one box, ready to be installed inyour car's dashboard. Over the years, the AVIC-Z series has picked up a few new tricks, including Pandora Internet Radio integration. This year Aha Radio integration joins the party via an iPhone app, as well as HD Radio reception for audio and traffic data. So does the AVIC-Z130BT still have what it takes to keep up with the competition or is it starting to show its age?
Hardware and installation
There's not much to look at on the AVIC-Z130BT's faceplate when it's powered down. The unit is mostly controlled via touch screen, but there is a bank of capacitive buttons along the lower bezel of the 7-inch WVGA display. From left to right are voice command, volume down and up, home, mode, skip back and forward, and eject.
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