Apr 222012

Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD: The caption “Entertainment at your  Fingertips” aptly suits the latest car DVD player.

The Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD is an entry-level multimedia receiver featuring 5.8 touchscreen and USB direct control for iPod/iPhone. The device with its innovative user interface and simple controls enthralls users. The USP of the product is that it is easily upgradable and supports sample multimedia options for users to customize audio and video functions to suit their needs. The unit is priced at 299$ on most of the e commerce sites but actual price can vary from 270-330$.

Highlights of the Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD

  • 5.8″ TFT Active Matrix 16:9 widescreen display with onscreen resolution of 1440 X 240
  • Supports multilingual display of languages like English, French and Spanish text
  • Comes with 2-DIN Chassis
  • Super tuner IIID AM/FM Tuner 
  • USB Direct Control 
  • Composite rear view Camera input
  • 2V/6ch Preamp output and a speaker output
  • IR remote control for wireless operation 

Touchscreen Display

Device features a 5.8″ TFT Active Matrix 16:9 widescreen display with onscreen resolution of 1440 X 240,for a total of 345600 pixels
supports multilingual display of languages like English, French and Spanish text
comes with 2-DIN Chassis

Disc Playback

Provided with front loading disc slot that supports playback of DVD-RW, CD Audio, CD-R and CD-RW
one can playback JPEG pictures that too in slide show format
device is DIVX video compatible
several cool features like Multi-Audio, Multi-Angle, Multi-Subtitle, Parental Lock and Auto Off Eject functionality are also integrated with the receiver

Audio Section

Device sports 24-bit/96kHz DAC and MOSFET 50 Internal Amplifier
Sonic Center Control, a special function of the device helps to suit the sound based on user’s listening position
special technology called Advanced Sound Retriever equipped with device helps in restoring original richness of the recording by automatically enhancing compressed audio
device allows one to manage volume level of each source by a special feature called Source Level Adjustment
2V/6ch Preamp output and a speaker output(rear channel) are also provided

Radio Functions

Device features a Super tuner IIID AM/FM Tuner that avoids multi path interference and improves signal-to-Noise ratio
radio broadcast information such as artist, title and album are displayed with the help of Radio Data System (RDS)
device also lets local tuning and is satellite radio compatible


The device supports direct USB control for iPhone or iPod via CD-IU51V interface cable. The USB cable of the device provides direct digital data transfer for clear and crisp sound output. Several other music and general apps are compatible but only limited instructions like forward or reverse are executable.

Dual AV inputs

AV 3.5mm-mini jack auxiliary input is provided on the front panel for connecting portable devices
rear-panel AV input is also available for connecting TV tuners and gaming consoles

Video Output

Device is fitted with rear panel composite output for connecting any external display
one can select different output formats or can Pan- scan aspect ratio of screen to match to match that of external display

Rear View Camera

AVH-P1400DVD has a special composite rear view Camera input
one has to install a rear camera and then can connect it to the device

Bluetooth/Remote ControlRemote Control

Device comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation
a CD-BTB200 Bluetooth adapter has to be installed separately to use Bluetooth functionality
device is steering wheel remote compatible but a separate interface adapter has to be connected to enjoy the feature

The AVH-P1400 DVD adds a new dimension with its support for live internet radio Pandora; users can use this feature to discover new music and can also rate and bookmark songs according to their convenience. The device displays track data with album art and provides option for personalizing favourite radio stations. To use this feature one has to download free Pandora Radio app from app market into iPhone or iPod. Pioneer has integrated several resourceful tools such as link search and Alphabet search that help in faster content searching, while others like 8-band Graphic Equalizer and Auto EQ help in personalizing audio output.
To sum up this  is a great device with brilliant features and innovative design. One should note that device packs wide range of features and functions than any other entry-level multimedia receiver. The unit not only raises the style quotient of the vehicle but also brings a whole bunch of entertainment options with it.