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Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX vs Alpine ILX-107

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Georgeth1022, May 16, 2019.

  1. May 16, 2019 at 6:08 PM
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    Georgeth1022

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    I am looking to upgrade my head unit in my truck to one of these options. I dont know a ton about AV, looking for opinions and suggestions, pros and cons. What’s does everyone think??
     
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  2. May 16, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    destin_meeks

    destin_meeks I used to fix people's crappy stereos

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    I prefer the pioneer personally

    Pioneer has HDMI input
    Pioneer has front and rear camera inputs
    Pioneer plays CDs/DVDs
    Pioneer has 13 band EQ (alpine has 9)
    Pioneer also supports android auto


    Alpine menus seem dated. They work fine, but they just look like a touch screen from 2005

    Those are just my main points. There are probably others
     
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  3. May 17, 2019 at 2:38 AM
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    dolbytone

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    Too much nope for me with the Alpine, I wouldn't touch it. Destin is right about that 2005 stuff. A modern HU from Alpine should be more yes than this, especially at $700.

    More details on the Alpine iLX-107


    Features & specs
    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear <--- Only one USB Input
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay Wireless
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot N/A
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone XSMax/XS/XR/X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size 7
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

    If you are meh the Pioneer, here's an alternative.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DDX9906/Kenwood-Excelon-DDX9906XR.html
     
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  4. May 20, 2019 at 4:59 PM
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    I’ve got the 107 and it works fine for my needs. It’s all about what you want? Do you want wireless CarPlay, then it’s perfect, if you want the ability to do hdmi, etc then might want something else. For me the wireless CarPlay was the selling feature, everything else was secondary. Pair it with the maestro rr to get a lot of data about your truck and other cool features. You also run accessories from the HU, not sure if the pioneers does but it’s another plus.
     
  5. May 20, 2019 at 9:06 PM
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  6. May 20, 2019 at 9:09 PM
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    I have the ALPINE 107, couldn’t be happier. I found a used one on EBAY with the Maestro RR included for $550.00 shipped. CarPlay is excellent. Touchscreen is excellent. Siri’s is handy where you can send and receive messages and make calls through voice commands. Installation was easy with the design of the 107 where you can lay wiring on top of the back of it instead of trying to stuff it back into tight spaces. I have the factory rear view camera wired into it where now I have back up images on both the mirror and the head screen. I also have connected the gauges readout through the OBD2 plug in cord which is handy when I want to get maximum fuel mileage or monitor tire pressures. You can punch in any song on your phone and it plays through CarPlay. Everything is wireless which is nice. Great reception using Bluetooth. Lots of adjustments possible for audio etc. One can wire in a front camera or video if wanted. One can pair up several phones if needed. Wire is available for Android if needed. One can wire in videos if you want. Good luck
     
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  7. May 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM
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    What he said ^
     
  8. Aug 28, 2019 at 11:34 AM
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    Just got the pioneer installed yesterday. I was torn between the 2 but really was looking for wireless CarPlay. Pioneer delivered that and had added features. Made the decision easy. Again it’s only my 2nd day so can’t really give a full review.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2019 at 6:26 AM
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    I've had the Pioneer 4500nex installed for over a month now, wireless carplay has been quick to connect and has been working flawlessly. I got lucky, our local Best Buy has been routinely selling them $100 off in store, not advertised.
     
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    Pioneer all day. I have the AVH-w4500NEX. Wireless CarPlay is a must over wired in my opinion. Love having HDMI inputs from the pioneer. The AVH-W4500NEX has a resistive touch display which is nice. If your budget is bigger pioneer makes a model that has a capacitive touch display, the AVIC-w8500NEX is essentially identical just display response is different.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2020 at 7:29 PM
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    Just wondering what kind of dash kit did you use? Would you mind take a picture of it? I have AVH-W4500NEX also and my old Metra doesn’t fit good. Thank you.
     
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    Hello Guys, also looking to get a pioneer avh-w4500nex used. but want to make sure it fits right. where did you guys get your dash kit? and how does it work with back up camera on rearview mirror? does anyone have pictures of theirs installed
     
  13. Mar 13, 2020 at 3:07 PM
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    Just went on crutchfield and it says this head unit does not fit my 2013 with non jbl......are they wrong?
     
  14. Mar 13, 2020 at 3:52 PM
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    It fit on my 2012, it just tight space. I have to cut some plastic on the bottom behind the stereo to hide some wires. I got mine from Amazon.
     
  15. Mar 13, 2020 at 4:03 PM
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    and does the back up camera connect with no issue?
     
  16. Mar 13, 2020 at 4:43 PM
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    Nope, I followed this
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/oem-camera-connection-below-dash.30889/

    I even put front camera, I use this with a switch to turn it on and off so you can control the image using the stereo.

    RAAYOO

    Reverse Backup Camera,RAAYOO L002 170 Degree Wide View Angle 2-in-1 Universal Car Front/Side/Rear View Camera,2 Installation Options,Removable Guildlines,mirror non-mirror image,12V only
     
  17. Mar 14, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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    Thanks for link for back up camera Balot64, just read it and doesn't seem to complicated... last couple questions sorry if im a pita lol.... but did you have to use the little aftermarket microphone for bluetooth (i hate those lol) or were you able to hook up to factory mic and were you able to get you steering wheel controls to work with your headunit. i'd hate to add another mic for bluetooth and lose the capability of steering wheel controls
     
  18. Mar 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM
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    I got my mic with this guy,
    Kyleinator

    He is selling those mic that can go to the original location.
     
  19. Mar 14, 2020 at 1:41 PM
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    Also all the controls on the steering wheel are working like the original stereo, except on the volume +, if you hold it, it change the screen to tire pressure/transmission temp.....etc.which it’s better, that’s why I’m not using my UltraGauge anymore. I did tried to use it at the same time with the stereo using a OBD splitter, the problem is, the stereo don’t shut off.
     

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