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The Pioneer MVH-P8200BT is Pioneer's first A/V head unit completely free of mechanical parts such as CD drive or cassette deck.

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Pros

integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling (HFP: hands-free profile, HSP: headset profile, OPP: object push profile for address book retrieval from smartphone)

5 agree

includes external wired microphone for hands-free bluetooth calling

4 agree

color-adjustable display menu & button illumination to match car interior lighting

4 agree

large 3" color TFT display for album art etc.

3 agree

integrated SD card slot does seem to support SDHC cards

3 agree

graphic equalizer with two custom settings

3 agree

built-in RDS

3 agree

comes with IR wireless remote control

2 agree

multi-language display (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian)

2 agree

compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)

2 agree

upgradeable with Pioneer HD Radio tuner, satellite radio tuner

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

no Bluetooth stereo audio streaming (A2DP)

13 agree

media (USB/SD) must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 - no NTFS, HPFS, or extFAT support

3 agree

headunit's text display remains white even when changing display color scheme (all other display elements will change though )

3 agree

expensive: at least $300!

3 agree

Satellite presets don't display channel number or name, just preset 1, preset 2 etc therefore totally useless

2 agree

no carrying case for detachable faceplate

1 agrees

"Multi-Control" (joystick) navigation with iPod is not intuitive/cumbersome

1 agrees

satellite for Sirius only option is 2-lines of info so can see artist or song but not both

1 agrees

fails miserably as cannot use if car moving even if passenger; relies on multifunction button to change presets but more often than not end up switching bands instead of preset station as hard to press center only if car moving; can't even see which preset trying to choose as just a bit whiter

1 agrees

Menu is really not easy to use while driving

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Pioneer MVH-P8200BT (and MVH-P8200, which is the same minus Bluetooth) is Pioneer's first A/V head unit completely free of mechanical parts such as CD drive or cassette deck. It features a front USB port, an SD card slot hidden behind the faceplate, a front AUX audio input port, but omits Bluetooth stereo audio streaming (A2DP) from a smartphone. For broadcast playback, it is HD Radio and Satellite Radio (XM/Sirius) ready, besides the traditional FM and AM signals. Its 3" color TFT display can show album art and video clips, and is color adjustable (Blue/Violet/Red/Amber/Green/White for display menu, and 112 colours for key panel illumination).

The MVH-P8200BT's USB port and SD card slot allow for direct playback of audio and video media files straight from the source while its iPod/iPhone compatibility allows for expanded features such as an integrated search function as well as iTunes tagging. Its Bluetooth functionality allows for hands-free calling through your car's stereo setup although it does not provide Bluetooth audio streaming. Additionally, the MVH-P8200BT's HD radio provides higher quality AM and FM radio as well as a stronger overall signal strength. Its 3" TFT colour display is capable of display jpeg image files as well as a variety of video files for a comprehensive A/V experience.

Features
  • 3" color TFT display
  • USB and SD card slots for direct media playback
  • Front AUX audio input
  • HD Radio; XM/Sirius satellite radio ready
  • iPod/iPhone compatible
  • Can display jpeg and video files
  • iTunes tagging
  • Parrot Bluetooth module for hands free calling
Post Review
Anonymous
12/23/2010 12:43

Not exactly user friendly. Once I got it to play JPEG, it took me 30 minutes to figure out how to make it play music again. IDK, maybe it's just me.

Dom
05/20/2010 02:40

If you have a Mac, you'll be out of luck with exFAT.

Anonymous

Anonymous

04/01/2011 01:00

thats weird cause when i tried it, I used my own mac integrated ipod and it worked, music and video...

Dom

Dom

04/11/2011 04:09

I just looked it up: Apple fixed this in November 2010 with Mac OS X 10.6.5. It now has exFAT support. That's a mere 14 months after Microsoft...

Dom
05/20/2010 02:37

cool! I think I found it in the hands-on report on crutchfield.com, but if it indeed does support SDHC, all the better!

Would you have a chance to try out an SDHC card that's exFAT formatted? FYI, this file system is specifically optimized for flash media (e.g. cycling the cells as they do have a max number of accesses) and is super-fast compared to even FAT32. Any of the upcoming SDXC cards will come with exFAT, so besides the said advantages, it will be the ubiquitous standard in a year or two.

You can format an SDHC card (or any other medium for that matter) with exFAT using Windows Vista or 7, and if you still have XP, you can download an add-on pack from Microsoft here.

Thanks!

Rico_vancouver
05/18/2010 09:41

Documentation did not confirm/deny SDHC SD card support, so I tried a 4GB SDHC - works fine.

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