REVIEW: Pioneer AVH-X5850BT and TS-A1606C
Give your ride a new lease of life with Pioneer’s latest In-Car Entertainment systems!
If you are like me, whereby the only source of entertainment while driving is listening to the radio and having a USB thumb drive-compatible head-unit is considered a luxury, we have been missing out on a lot of which the current car audio industry has to offer. At least that was what I thought when Pioneer offered to give my ageing car audio system on-board an 8-year-old Toyota MR-S a new lease of life.
True, I might not be the audiophile, but after going through several cars with varying audio setups and also driving a multitude of brand-new test-drive cars each coming with their own factory-installed sound systems; I would think I can probably at least tell the difference between good and bad staging.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand, at the time of collection, the MR-S had some semblance of a sound system, though it was plagued by bad reception, constant static, muffled sound reproduction, zero clarity and barely any functions. There was not even a USB port. All that changed when I was approached by Pioneer to try out their latest range of AV receivers and component speakers, that the Japanese car audio giant claimed would breathe new life into my in-car entertainment experience.
While Pioneer does have a high-end range for true-blue audiophiles and those with a discerning ear, it is their mid-range series of products that would appeal most to the average driver, i.e. you and me. I was offered the double-DIN Pioneer AVH-X5850BT Multimedia AV Receiver and also the Pioneer TS-A1606C Component Speaker Package in place of my existing units – an opportunity that I simply could not miss.
Pioneer AVH-X5850BT Features
Featuring a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display, the AVH-X5850BT headunit comes with Pioneer’s revolutionary MIXTRAX – a virtual DJ technology that transforms any music library into a non-stop DJ mix, inserting transitions and effects automatically to string together tunes from an iPhone, iPod or USB storage device. To truly recreate a club experience, users can also set the illumination and display to pulsate and change colour, according to the tempo and intensity of the music.