AVH-521EX

Multimedia DVD Receiver with 6.8” WVGA Display, Built-in Bluetooth®, SiriusXM-Ready™, Remote Control Included and two camera inputs

  • Built-in Bluetooth®
  • Back-Up Camera Ready
  • iPod®/iPhone® Compatibility
  • WebLink® Compatible
  • Spotify®, Works with Pandora®, SiriusXM-Ready™

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Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming

Stay safe and obey local hands-free laws with built-in Bluetooth (HFP). Easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-521EX without having to go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

From hands-free calling, wireless audio streaming (A2DP) with artist, album, and song search*, simple pairing, and control audio (AVRCP profile), Bluetooth® wireless technology has made life in the vehicle much more convenient.

The AVH-521EX with Bluetooth also includes superior call quality reception using Wideband Speech Handsfree Profile 1.6. Wideband Speech nearly doubles the bandwidth of frequencies of a normal Bluetooth call (when compared to calls without Wideband Speech)**.

Other features include the ability to browse music libraries on smartphones wirelessly.

*Search functions vary by phone.
**Call quality depends on wireless provider’s support of HFP 1.6.

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A Better-Than-Ever Listening Experience

Pandora is personalized internet radio that is designed to help you discover new music that you'll love mixed in with music that you already know. With the AVH-521EX, you can enjoy superior sound quality and full control of the Pandora experience in your car directly from the touchscreen display of the receiver. You are able to give tracks "thumbs up" or "thumbs down," bookmark a song so you can purchase it later, easily switch between your personalized radio stations, and view full track data and album art.

Pandora is compatible with Apple iOS, as well as Android devices that support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP). Simply download the free Pandora Radio app to your iPhone or Android device, connect to the AVH-521EX and take your music to the next level.

For more information and to sign up for a free account, visit pandora.com.

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Spotify App Control®

With Spotify being a dedicated A/V source on the AVH-521EX, you now have the ability to control content from the Spotify app on iPhone and Android devices. You can play, pause and skip tracks, and browse playlists, albums and radio stations on the go using the Pioneer controls. If you are a Spotify premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music downloaded to your smartphone even when there is no internet connection.

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Power of Siri® Eyes Free

Users of an iPhone® with Siri can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality. With a simple touch of the AVH-521EX's touchscreen, Siri starts listening through the external microphone and answers your questions and requests over the vehicle's speakers, helping you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

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Your Favorite Stations Wherever You Go, Wherever You Are


The AVH-521EX is SiriusXM- Ready® so you can get over 140 channels, including commercial-free music, plus the best sports and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM programming is received through the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required).

Simply connect a SiriusXM SXV300 tuner to the Pioneer receiver and receive additional features like TuneMix™, SportsFlash™ and Traffic and Weather Now™. To learn more or to purchase the tuner, visit SiriusXM.

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iDataLink Maestro

Keep your factory features and expand your level of in-vehicle connectivity with Pioneer NEX and iDatalink Maestro RR. When your AVH-521EX receiver is installed into a compatible vehicle using the iDatalink Maestro RR (sold separately), you’ll be able to enjoy the performance and features of the AVH-521EX receiver plus touchscreen control over key factory audio features.

The AVH-521EX supports factory functions via the iDatalink Maestro RR including: Steering Wheel Controls, Media Player (including the factory AUX-in and USB ports), Hands-Free Telephone, Voice Commands, Satellite Radio, and Secondary Display Support.

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Keep the Party Going!

Keep the party going with MIXTRAX®, an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. Drawing from Pioneer’s rich DJ heritage and our passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to those in the car. MIXTRAX takes the music from an iPhone, iPod, USB device, or certain Android devices and plays it back with added transitions and effects, creating a virtual DJ inside the Pioneer receiver.

MIXTRAX makes automatic remixing of tracks extra-quick and easy. Simply connect your USB compatible device and listen

as tracks are joined by various random sound effects in non-stop-mix play to keep the groove going in full swing.

MIXTRAX also features club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. Choose among multiple patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes.

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USB Direct Control for iPhone


Pioneer's AVH-521EX is ready to roll with direct connectivity to your iPhone* for music and video via USB. Song, artist, time and album information are beautifully displayed on the touchscreen.

The system's wired USB connection provides direct digital signal transfer from the device for clean, clear sound while providing 1.5 amp of current to keep your iPod/iPhone charged.

* Requires iPhone 5 or newer. Compatibility with unit and operations may vary depending on iOS version

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Enhanced User Interface

More advanced than ever before, AVH-521EX features a responsive, powerful and intuitive touchscreen user interface that is easy to use and highly customizable. Clearly, AVH-521EX is designed specifically for today’s smartphone and tablet-driven lifestyle. The user interface has been updated with easy side-by-side layout customization, play/pause skip operation and larger album artwork.

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Stay Connected

Connect your compatible iOS or Android™ smartphone with AVH-521EX for a truly connected experience, bringing many of your favorite apps right into the dashboard and letting you communicate using advanced high quality Bluetooth connectivity. In addition to playing numerous sources and file formats, Pioneer's AppRadio® Mode allows you to bring many of your favorite apps right into the dashboard.

AVH-521EX features built-in Bluetooth® that enables both hands-free calling and audio streaming. Including the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with Wideband Speech capability, AVH-521EX provides more natural sound quality and details during calls. When streaming music, AVH-521EX even lets you browse and select the media stored on your smartphone using the AVRCP 1.6 profile.

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Sound Quality For All

Your car and your music are as unique as you are. With a Pioneer AVH-521EX in-dash receiver, sound quality features like built-in Auto EQ and Time Alignment, 13-Band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe settings and built-in high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes provide you with the controls to tailor the listening experience to your vehicle and listening preferences. The CD-MC20 microphone is required for Auto EQ features and sold separately.

Your love of high-res audio does not need to stop at the front door. Now for the first time in an aftermarket car stereo, you can enjoy FLAC files in your vehicle without the need to convert. Pioneer’s AVH-521EX in-dash receivers are the first in the industry to offer playback at CD quality of files encoded as hi-res FLAC up to 192kHz/24 bit. With Pioneer, your high-res FLAC is no longer confined to your home hi-fi system - put your music on the move.

Caution: Read the operation manual as well as all instructions and cautions before use. Pay attention to the road, limit glances to the device, and do not use any feature if it cannot be operated both safely and legally in your location and environment. Distracted driving may result in serious injury, including death. Certain functions such as video playback and keyboard input are restricted through a parking brake interlock system.

Display
  • 6.8", 16:9
  • WVGA (800 x 480)
  • Clear Resistive
  • 5 Display Colors, 112-Key Colors
  • 13-Backgrounds, Splash Screen
Bluetooth®
  • HFP 1.6
  • AVRCP 1.6
Tuner
  • 18 FM, 6 AM
Smartphone Integration
  • iPhone, Android
  • iPhone, Android
  • Pandora, Spotify
Digital Media Playback
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • DVD, CD, USB
  • USB
  • USB
Audio
  • 3 (4V)
  • MOSFET 50 W x 4
  • 13-Band
  • 24-Bit
  • Auto/Manual
  • HPF/LPF
Expandability
  • Single, Rear (1.5 Amp)
  • Rear
  • 1 (Audio/Video)
General
  • Fixed
  • Included
  • English, Chinese (Simplified), French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • 1 Year