Pioneer AVH-P2400BT DVD Receiver Review
The Pioneer AVH-P2400BT DVD Receiver takes all the cool features of the AVH-P1400BT and improves on it by adding built-in Bluetooth. You still have a beautiful 5.8” touchscreen customizable display with a user-friendly interface, a front USB port to connect your phone or MP3 device, and adjustable audio settings. But Bluetooth adds a whole new level to the double DIN Pioneer headunits line.
Once you pair your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone with the AVH-P2400BT, you'll never have to fumble for your phone when you're in the car. Just press a button when a call comes in and talk hands-free, just as if the caller were in the car with you. Outgoing calls are quick and easy to make, by accessing your phone book from the receiver’s screen. When your phone is in close proximity to the receiver (usually when you enter the car), the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. This hands-free calling capability ensures you stay safe and abide local hands-free laws.
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, then you also have the ability to stream music to the receiver, whether it is your personal MP3 library, or online music services such as Pandora and Spotify.
Price: Used from $350
The Bluetooth capability will truly revolutionize the way you use this car stereo. The audio quality from Bluetooth streaming is so outstanding, that it effectively eliminates the need for any additional audio or USB cables, unless you want to see a movie stored in your iPhone/iPod.
Since the Bluetooth capability was also added to obey hands-free calling laws, Pioneer has locked down the Bluetooth dial pad when your vehicle is in motion. Yes, it’s a bit incongruent, considering that most touchscreen controls are available while driving and that you are required to touch the screen when you receive a call.
That being said, the synchronization between your phone and the AVH-P2400BT is excellent. When your mobile phone is successfully paired, you’ll be able to access your phonebook on the receiver’s display. However, be aware that a big contacts list can take some time to load up. Your phone may also receive a request to allow the Pioneer unit to have access to your phonebook, which you will have to accept manually. Then you will be good to go.
When you’re using your phone, the microphone picks up your voice really nicely. Although it would have been nice to have a built-in mic (like on the Clarion CX501) for hands-free calling that does the job as effectively, you can still fix the external microphone to your steering wheel.
Please note that Bluetooth compatibility with this receiver may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
Another huge benefit to this double DIN car stereo is that it streams all audio. You can listen to music and use GPS from your phone at the same time. But when a new turn comes up, the music automatically cuts out, the instruction is given, and then the music comes back on. The same goes when you receive a phone call, the music stops so you can hear the beep. No more missed-calls due to loud music! This is an absolutely awesome feature.
As for the rest of the Pioneer DVD car stereo line, the AVH-P2400BT lets you control your iPhone/iPod right from the touchscreen, with Alphabet Search making the navigation smoothless. Artist, song and album information is displayed, as well as album art. You may still want to plug in your device on the USB slot, but do know that Bluetooth retains all the audio quality.
If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check details for specific iPod model compatibility.
The AVH-P2400BT, with its large 5.8” screen and decent resolution, definitely gets passengers' attention.
A great feature is the ability to turn the display off. With a decent phone dock you can virtually ignore the head unit and use your iPhone as the main control (not the iPod part unfortunately). If you don’t feel the need to go down that road, it still means you can cruise the highways at night immersed in music, without being bothered by the brightness of the display.
We also love how you can set certain menu items that you frequently navigate to into your favorites list, so you don't have to keep going through the full path to get back to it.
There is a small learning curve for the interface, but it’s not too difficult.
As with other Pioneer’s models, the sound quality on this one is so much better than the stock head unit, whether through Bluetooth or through the standard USB cable or the CD-IU51V cable. It really does make factory speakers sound much better, the built-in amp delivering crisp, clean sound that you can tailor with an 8-band equalizer. The latter really sets this receiver apart from other brands. If you’re a tweaker and like to fine-tune things, especially when it comes to the quality of the audio you’re listening to, then you’re in for a treat.
What’s more, if you're building an audiophile system, the three pairs of preamp outputs help you connect and control your external amps.
App mode is an interesting feature as well: YouTube videos play through it, Netflix works great on it, and as a bonus, you can use video-enabled GPS apps for free, such as Waze or Navigon. By locking your phone in landscape mode, the GPS map is displayed on the head unit. You can't control it… but it's still nice to have that big map being displayed.
If you’re looking for a full-fledged navigation system, then Pioneer's AVIC-U220 navigation module converts the AVH-2400BT into a fully working GPS.
Other nice upgrades include an input for rear-view camera, which could make backing up in tight spots a lot easier and safer.
The one thing where the AVH-P2400BT fails at a bit is in its handling of USB devices. When plugging in a normal USB mass storage device (flash drive, HDD, etc… NOT an iPod), it builds up an index by going through every file on the drive. It does this every time it turns on. So, if you have a 32 gig flash drive in there, and it is full of music, it may take a few minutes to index the whole file system. During this time, it plays nothing. If you switch to another audio source (radio, CD, phone), then switch back to the USB drive, it starts the process all over again. However once the index is built, it is responsive, and plays MP3s beautifully, which will satisfy users who only use their USB drives to listen to music.
Another thing worth mentioning, which is a recurring issue in modern head units that play DVDs, is the parking brake lock-out for videos, which is quite inconvenient. The mindset behind this safety “feature” is understandable, but it also means the other persons in the car can’t enjoy a DVD when driving.
To be able to play DVD when driving, you’re going to need a Parking Brake Override Bypass that you’re going to wire to your parking brake. The installation instructions are included in the kit and are very easy to follow.
And while you’re at it, if you want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls, get an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
You know the saying…"You get what you pay for”… Well not true with this unit. You get more than what you pay for. This unit works like a charm. It looks phenomenal and is worth every penny.
Everyone seems to comment that it's kind of amazing how many features you can get for under $300 on an aftermarket radio these days and we agree. We would definitely recommend the AVH-P2400BT to anyone looking for a new double DIN car stereo. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
Price: Used from $350
- DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 5.8" touchscreen with multi-angle adjustments
- Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- Touchscreen controls with Advanced Touch Slide operation
- Five customizable display colors and 112 key panel illumination choices
- Pandora® Internet radio control with iPhone®
- Fits double-DIN dash openings
- Remote control
- Plays audio/video content from CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details tab for full capabilities)
- 8-band graphic equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
- High- and low-pass filters
- Advanced Sound Retriever
- Auto-EQ equalizes for your car interior automatically (optional mic required)
- Built-in audio iPod control — Pioneer's optional adapter required for viewing video content and Pandora control
- Compatible with Pioneer AVIC-U220 navigation module, satellite radio tuner
- Inputs: rear A/V input, rear video output, front panel A/V and USB inputs, rear-view camera input
- Outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)