Pioneer MVH-S21BT Stereo Single DIN Bluetooth in-Dash USB MP3 Auxiliary AM/FM Android Smartphone Compatible Digital Media Car Stereo Receiver
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|Connectivity technology||Bluetooth, USB|
|Item dimensions L x W x H||25.4 x 10.2 x 22.9 centimetres|
|Output wattage||200 Watts|
About this item
- The MVH-S21BT lets you enjoy hands-free calling and audio streaming in the car, courtesy of built-in Bluetooth. Other entertainment options include a front USB input, Aux-In and AM/FM radio.
- Connect your Android smartphone to the front 1A powered USB input to play music on your phone, whilst also charging it.
- Safely search and select artists, albums and playlists, using the Pioneer’s control buttons. A new feature has been added to support Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which is designed for Android 4.1 (or later) devices
- Receive pristine sound from the MVH-S21BT’s built-in amplifiers with 4 x 50W of pure MOSFET power.
- For even more power, you can use the 1 x RCA pre-out to hook up another stereo component, like a subwoofer or an extra amplifier for the rear speakers.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : Yes
- Product Dimensions : 25.4 x 10.16 x 22.86 cm; 953 Grams
- Date First Available : 23 August 2013
- Manufacturer : Pioneer Electronics USA Inc
- ASIN : B00EQGBH4M
- Item Model Number : MVH-S21BT + ALPHA
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Pioneer Mvh-s21bt Dig Media Receiver features built-in Bluetooth enabling both hands-free calling and audio streaming. You can also listen to music from your Android device or USB flash drive via the front USB port. Built-in MOSFET amplifier delivers up to 50 watts to each speaker (up to 4 speakers). · Digital Media Receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs) · Built-in Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calls · Play music from your USB memory stick
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Speaker and power cabling was easily done for 2003 Camry using a Metra 70-1761 Radio Wiring Harness. Be sure to route and position the wired microphone (for hands-free operation of phone) to connect it to the rear jack on the unit before you slide the in-dash unit into the mounting sleeve mounted in the dash. Otherwise you'll be uninstalling the head unit so you can get the mic cord in there later.
Front Panel Controls
Fairly straightforward. Tuner buttons 1 and 2 are dual function for for track advance / retreat and fast-forward / rewind. Large volume dial at left doubles as a Menu button (press inward). This sometimes gets activated (bumped) inadvertently while adjusting the volume, taking me to the Menu, which I have to then back out of. Display is somewhat glossy and reflective. I noticed that when wearing polarized sunglasses, the display turns black unless I lean my head sideways a bit (this is a function of the polarized display on the unit). I really wish the characters in the display were brighter. Dimmer is 2-level, and does not significantly or effectively change the display brightness. The buttons to the left of the dial are illuminated so brightly that the contrast between them and the alphanumeric display renders the display dull by comparison.
Wireless IR remote - needs to be pointed at head unit to operate. Remote is about 2 and a half inches tall by 1 and a half inches wide. It controls volume, mute, pause, source, track, track info, etc.
Has 6 buttons to store 18 FM and 6 AM stations. For most FM stations, the station info scrolls by in the display.
Paired up with my Moto G Second Generation (2014) quite easily. You can navigate Pandora, Google Play Music, and use phone via bluetooth.
Did not test Apple products with this unit.
Using the regular Pandora app from the Google Play Store, this unit will allow you to use the head unit's controls to navigate Pandora (skip, change stations, thumbs-up). The Pandora app surprisingly knows it is connected to this Pioneer head unit, since the Pandora app shows the word "Pioneer" when you use Pandora.
MTP folders (accessing music files stored on the phone)
You can access music files on your phone with a USB cable between the phone and the USB jack on the head unit. Unfortunately, the maximum number of music folders the unit will read is 500 when you connect the head unit to your Android phone via USB. If you have more than 500 folders containing music on your phone, the head unit will only randomly see and play files or subfolders on the unit. EVERY folder constitutes a count of one folder. For instance, if you have a folder called "Kanye", and within that folder you have a folder called "Yeezus", that's 2 folders. My modest collection of music is contained in about 750 folders with this structure, so the head unit will not see and play all of the music stored on my phone - just random parts of it. Too bad. I chose to instead access my music collection via 2 16 GB USB flash drives, each containing about 375 folders of music each (under the 500-folder limit)(see below).
That's enough for now. Hope this helps!
I have been upgrading to Pioneer car stereos since 1996, and as a brand I believe them to be very reliable and have a good sound. What usually happens after a few years is the display starts to get flaky, but I've never had a Pioneer car stereo stop working completely. (My YouTube channel has an example of how to "recycle" an old one, search for "Garage Stereo Project" under user ACBMemphis).
Here's a quick review after about a week of usage:
1. This model introduced some big changes from the previous 2 generations of Pioneer user interfaces, which I believe are either good or neutral at best. For example, my old version used a click of the large knob to change sources, while the new one has a "SRC" button. Similarly, a generic 4-way up/down/left/right control that was oriented as such is now a horizontal row of buttons. I am already used to these changes - the buttons seem very responsive and lack the annoying "confirmation beep" of the previous version.
2. The pixel-based display is smooth and letters are easy to read in the daylight.
3. Bluetooth phone integration works well and was easy to set up.
1. The top/bottom orientation of the rear connector changed, for no good reason. Had they not changed this, replacement of my old DEH-4800 would have taken about 5 minutes, but instead I had to solder some wires, so installation took about 30 minutes.
2. Very wimpy high-gauge wires on the included connector.
3. The delay added by the graphical transitions is annoying when you switch from one display mode to another.
4. "SPEANA" is a confusing abbreviation and sounds like the name of a farming town somewhere, they should have used the full "Spectrum Analyzer" instead.
5. No HD Radio
Still have not gotten around to the features such as "MixTrax" will come back and update if I do.