Pioneer AVH-3500NEX: Really the Best Flip Out Stereo?

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Pros and Cons


  • Large and responsive touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto works Great
  • Fast Boot-up Time
  • Compatible with all Android as well as iOS devices
  • Bluetooth Hands Free Calling quality is great
  • Support Parking Assist Guidelines


  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t support iDataLink maestro
  • Weblink is quite slow
  • No HDMI Input

Pioneer AVH-3500NEX

Display Quality
Sound Quality
Hands Free Calling Quality


I high recommends this head unit, if your car has small din space, and you want to put a the backup camera, as well as mapping capabilities with all latest features like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Pioneer AVH 3500nex 2-minute Review

The Pioneer AVH-3500nex is a single din stereo with a motorized 7-inch clear resistive display. The motorized display works well and is very sturdy.

The display itself is lovely to look at (with excellent color and contrast), and it’s also quite responsive to your commands and gestures. If you’ve ever used a smartphone, the chances are good that you’ll be able to use this Pioneer device.

Of course, you won’t just be using this screen to select options. You’ll also be able to view your favorite films, TV shows, and other video material on the go!

When not in use, the top of the Single DIN unit slides out of a concealed cubby to give a clean, minimalist look without sacrificing screen size or performance.


The installation procedure with this wiring harness is almost unbelievably simple. That’s a major benefit for individuals who don’t want to pay someone to do it for them.

There are lots of wires connected to this stereo. You can use the USB input on the back to connect your music.

The connections also have Bluetooth, a microphone on the steering wheel, and power wiring. There are three sets of outputs for speakers for your front and rear speakers, as well as video outputs so you can connect your headrest.

Despite the fact that most new devices are simple to operate, there is an issue with the volume knob.


Because it is hidden behind the display, it’s difficult to come by. There are also a few interesting updates you should be aware of right now.

Pioneer has copied Kenwood and allows you to customize your home screen widgets in terms of size and position, much like Kenwood does.


What’s in the Box?

  • 7″ Touchscreen with CD/DVD receiver
  • Trim-ring and Sleeve which are attached to the receiver
  • Wiring Harness for installation
  • Remote with Lithium Batteries
  • 58-inch USB Cable
  • Microphone for hands free calling
  • Visor-Brackets
  • Double Sided Tape
  • 12 Pan Head and Counter Sunk Screws
  • Installation and Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty information

Key Features – Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

The major selling point of this stereo is that it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means you can use your smartphone as a touchscreen display. Both of these features are among the most sought-after functions in car stereos nowadays. They aren’t compatible with this head unit because they aren’t wireless.


The reciever also has the ability to connect to amazon Alexa via vos and sys, which is a separate Android app that you must download from the Google Play Store. I have an Alexa speaker at home, so this functionality might be useful to me on occasion.

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For music alarms and reminders, I’d still most likely use Spotify or a podcasting software on Apple CarPlay. Somehow, Pioneer is still linked with Weblink. Weblink is a portal that connects to services including YouTube, Yelp Music, Weather Channel, and Zomato. The stereo uses a USB connection to connect to your device, and it isn’t a screen mirror; it works with iOS and Android.

No HDMI Port? Still you can mirror your phone

The AVH 3500nex does not have an HDMI port. But you will be able to show your phone and Android on the touchscreen display using the RCA audio input and a few adapters. You can show any app on the screen using this method. Audio/video bulk transference is still handled at the phone.


Multi-Band Equalizer settings

A 13-band graphic EQ (with seven preset configurations) allows you to experiment with the soundstage and your stock or aftermarket speakers to get even more out of them by manipulating the tone.

The sound is, as expected, excellent. There’s a digital signal processor that can enhance or reduce the volume of a song based on the kind of music being played back. The bass response and overall audio quality are fantastic.

Large number of Formats supported

The radio supports MP3, AAC, WMA, ALC and FLAC audio files as well as video playback MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVIs. You may also upload and view JPEG photos DVDs appear to be of good quality on the screen.

AM and FM Radio

The tuner supports 18 FM stations and 6 AM presets. Bluetooth is required for hands-free calling and music streaming. With music playback, you can get album art as well as a charge to your device via a USB connection in either Spotify Pandora or other iPod sources. USB also offers album artwork and charging for your gadget through an USB connection in either Spotify Pandora

My biggest complaint about weblink is that it is very sluggish, but I’ll give them credit for accelerating the new model. I would actually consider using it for YouTube video playback because they speeded up on this new model. I simply don’t get why pioneer invests in a collaboration with weblink when they can’t even put an HD display on the radio.


  • 7″ motorized fold-out Touchscreen
  • Motorized CD/DVD Receiver
  • Five Display and 112 Key colors option
  • Resolution: 800 x 480 Pixels
  • Built-in Amplifier
  • Power Peak: 200 watts. max (50 x 4 channels)
  • RMS: 17 watts x 4 Channels
  • 13 Band Graphic equalizer settings
  • Wired Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto
  • CD/DVD, USB Audio Formats: MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV
  • CD/DVD, USB Video Formats:  MPEG1-2-4/AVI/DivX and WMV 
  • High Resolution FLAC file format also supported
  • Input: 3 – 4V preamp outputs for subs and speakers
  • One Backup Camera input
  • Single Video output for connecting headrest
  • Single USB input for charging and playing music from your phone
  • Support offline GPS Navigation system
  • Dimension: 13 x 10 x 5 inches (L x B x W)
  • Parking Assist Guidelines
  • Support Pandora, and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio
  • 12-months Brand warranty

Compatibility with Android and iOS

The integration with both Apple and Android operating systems is incredibly well done, polished, and slick. The second you connect your phone to this receiver (via USB), it will come alive, essentially turning the receiver into an extension of your device.

Thanks to these features, your iOS device is more useful than ever before. The possibilities are endless with the integration of Apple’s newest iOS 12 updates.

You’ll be asking how cars were ever manufactured without these features built in the first time you try them out for yourself!

Simple and straightforward Installation

The installation was very simple and straightforward. Everything you need is included in the box, and the instructions are very clear. The only thing that might trip you up is the fact that there are two separate power harnesses – one for the head unit itself, and one for the external amplifier. Make sure you connect the right one to the right device, or you’ll be left scratching your head wondering why your head unit isn’t turning on.

Once everything is connected, fire up the head unit and prepare to be blown away by its features and performance. The large, bright touchscreen is very responsive and easy to use. The interface is very user-friendly and intuitive. I was able to pair my iPhone with the head unit without any problems and start streaming music right away.

The sound quality from the built-in amplifier is excellent. It’s plenty powerful enough to fill a large car or SUV with rich, detailed sound. If you’re looking for even more power, the head unit is also compatible with external amplifiers.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the Pioneer AVH 3500NEX head unit. It’s well worth the price, and it’s sure to give you many years of trouble-free use. If you’re in the market for a new head unit, I highly recommend the Pioneer AVH 3500NEX.

Resetting Pioneer AVH-3500NEX

That is the quickest and easiest method of resetting your Avh-3500nex

Step 1: Press and maintain the “SRC” button on the unit till the stereo goes into the “Demo” mode.

Step 2: Press and maintain the massive selector button till the “Menu” choice seems on the LCD.

Step 3: Flip the selector button till the “Preliminary” possibility comes onto the show. Press the selector button to pick out the choice.

Step 4: Flip the selector button once more till the “System Reset” possibility comes up on the LCD. Press the selector button to pick out the choice. The stereo will then begin the reset course.

Tip: Take a look at this tutorial on YouTube for visible assist.

Bottom Line

The Pioneer AVH 3500NEX may turn even the most stubborn automobile owner into a believer. Older car drivers who want to update their vehicles from an in-car technology standpoint will be astonished by everything this receiver has to offer.

The touchscreen is lovely and responsive, the user interface is exquisite and premium, the audio experience has dramatically improved (even with stock speakers), and playing physical and digital media (video and audio content) is at a new level.

Add to that the fact that Pioneer has one of the most legendary reputations in the aftermarket receiver industry, as well as some of the best customer service and a rock-solid warranty, and you’d have to be downright insane not to seriously consider this device moving forward.

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Hi there! I'm James Williams, founder of CarAudioUp. As a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional with over 10 years in the industry, I'm passionate about creating custom car audio solutions that leave you saying "wow" every time you get behind the wheel.

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