That's the latest tagline from Pioneer. Just what do they mean? From what we gather, Pioneer is aware that smartphones are now part of everyone's life in such a big way that they could not neglect this fact in their product development. So we see them innovating smartphone integration into their car receivers in order to achieve a better overall user experience. Things like calling, messaging, music streaming, navigation and such while driving seem to be at the center of their focus. Oh, and not forgetting safety of course.
In the pursuit of seamless integration, they have recently launched their Z Series head units. What does that mean to us? Well, most obvious would be the usage of the Z letter in their newest models. The all familiar AVH-X are now AVH-Z followed by the model numbers and letters.
Firstly, lets acknowledge the fact that there has been a gap in the models offered by Pioneer before this. Only the flagship AVH-X8850BT has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So the cheaper AVH-Z1050DVD is a welcomed addition for those of us with not so deep pockets. Even the most expensive AVH-Z7750BT is still well below the flagship price. Besides the obvious lower price point, there are a number of improvements made over the previous models besides the additional features.
Here is a summary of the differences:-
To figure this one out, we have listed down a few questions. The answer should help determine the right model for you or at least exclude the one that doesn't suit you.
Q: Can your car fit a 1 DIN or 2 DIN unit?
A: If you answer only 1 DIN, the AVH-X7050BT is the only unit that will fit unless you plan on doing major customizations.
Q: Can you live without Mirror-link, SD/SDHC, HDMI input and Dual Zone Audio/Video?
A: If you answered no, then your only choice is the Pioneer AVH-X8850BT, give the Z series a pass then.
Q: Do you use an Android device?
A: If yes, then only the AVH-Z5050BT and AVH-Z7050BT will support your device.
Q: Is a 7" screen size a must?
A: If yes, then only the AVH-Z5050BT and AVH-Z7050BT has it.
Q: Do you dislike having Bluetooth connectivity?
A: If Yes, then the AVH-Z1050DVD is for you
Those couple of Q & A's should lead you in the right direction and help you decide on the right Z series head unit. Do comment below if you have any questions.
All the Best!