Pioneer's AVIC-W8500NEX wireless CarPlay receiver features 7-inch display

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Audio hardware manufacturer Pioneer was at CES 2019 in full force this week to show off its latest wares, including the new AVIC-W8500NEX in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay support.

Coming in at a hefty $1,200, the double-DIN unit boasts an impressive 7-inch high-definition touchscreen display with thin surrounding bezels, similar to other flagship Pioneer receivers. Below the massive screen are buttons for volume, playback, navigation, system controls, CD/DVD eject function and more.

This year's NEX is Pioneer's second head unit to support wireless CarPlay, which allows users to tether their iPhone without a physical cable. While the technology is convenient and provides a seamless user experience, aftermarket audio specialists have been slow to adopt wireless CarPlay.

Aside from CarPlay, Pioneer's own interface handles a usual assortment of inputs including HDMI, Bluetooth connectivity, support for a back-up camera and more. Like other NEX models, the W8500 also supports SD card playback.

A built-in amplifier offers a maximum of 16W by four channels, with a nominal output of 50W for four channels.

The AVIC-W8500NEX is shipping out now for $1,200.

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