Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT review
I really wanted to check out Pioneers AVIC-Z130BT ever since it got announced and finally got to take it for a spin. If you are under 50, then you are probably technically inclined and have a lot of gadgets to use in the car. For me its Bluetooth for my phone, Ipod, GPS navigation, back up camera and so on. I was most intrigued by the Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT because of the wealth of features and the ability to combine all of my gadgets into one unit.
The install of the AVIC-Z130BT went pretty flawlessly for me, I’ve installed a few CD players in my time but nothing of this magnitude, so I was a bit worried at first. It went smoothly I got it up and running in less than an hour. I tested the navigation system first and was pleasantly surprised. I am sure we all know that Garmin units are usually the best for navigation, and I truly wasn’t expecting too much from the Pioneer, but it locked on to the satellites quite quickly and gave me a handful of route options and got me to my destination without any problems. The Eco-Friendly Feature was great, it has a graph which will estimate your fuel mileage per the route you choose. The AVIC-Z130BT includes Pioneer’s ND-TMC10 traffic tuner, it worked well, but because I live in a low traffic area, I probably won’t use this feature as much, but its great if you do live in a heavy traffic area. If you have an iPhone, you will really love the AVIC-Z130BT because it really mates up well to the unit. You can use Avic Feeds which is a pioneer free app and it will let you send directions to the GPS or even save different locations.
I have never been much of a fan of voice recognition, but I did test out the feature. I haven’t used any sort of Voice recognition in quite a few years, and noticed the technology had really been improved. It wasn’t as big of a headache as it used to be, it seems to be actually useful now. I may be converted to using it, but it isn’t really a make or break feature for me on the Pioneer.
The Bluetooth worked as expected, the AVIC-Z130BT will even bring up a dial pad on the touchscreen to make your calls. When you get an incoming call, it will auto-mute whatever your listening to so that you can answer the call. Using the Echo Canceling on the Pioneer made my phone calls pretty clear and noiseless, I was very happy with the feature.
The HD radio tuner worked well, very crisp and clear, I myself am not much of a radio listener so I was more interested in the Ipod and CD features. My IPOD mated up very well, you can control it via the touch screen and it was a very smooth and intuitive interface. CD and DVD’s worked as expected, the Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT supports every format you can think of.It also has Pandora, which is a service I really love, being able to use Pandora in the car was a great plus for me. It will even take SD cards or a USB stick to load either MP3′s or Movies which is a definite bonus. The DVD’s looked great on the 7 inch display, really rich colors.
The system doesn’t come with a back up camera, but I added one and it looked really great on the 800×480 screen, it made backing up in any situation a breeze, it was definitely worth it to add a camera to the unit. I really love that you can add additional screens for passengers, this is a really great option to expand the already feature rich receiver.
In summary, I really fell in love with the AVIC-Z130BT. The value is great as well, if you think about building out a system like this component by component. I really love the multitude of expansion options and every feature on the pioneer worked as expected or exceeded expectations. Using the receiver made it my favorite on the market.
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