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Pioneer brings to you Alexa in a visual avatar with DMH-Z6350BT

I won’t be exaggerating when I say ‘Alexa’ is everywhere. Yes, I’m talking about Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa and not your childhood crush.  After conquering our homes and smartphones, Amazon now wants to extend the ease and productivity of Alexa to our cars. Though Alexa in the car is not a new concept, in fact, we also did a video for Echo Auto last year. Watch the video below to understand how it works-

So if you noticed in the video, Echo Auto is an add-on accessory that works with your existing car entertainment system. Whilst what we reviewed, the Pioneer DMH-Z6350BT is a complete AV entertainment system with Alexa in-built. This means that there are additional no wires, setup or investment needed.

The DMH-Z6350BT comes with a vivid 6.8″ screen that not only offers Alexa but also first in segment Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now isn’t that a good enough reason to invest in this system?

Pioneer DMH-Z6350BT Interface

Apart from all the smart and connectivity options like Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and CarAVAssist. The DMH-Z6350BT offers a lot more in terms of sound quality – Hi-Res Audio, Master Sound Review, Dynamic Bass Enhancer and even a unique standalone Smart UI even when no smartphone is connected.

Here are the specs for all the geeks out there –

Type

2-DIN

Display

6.8″ WVGA

Preout

3 (4V)

Playback

USB

Video Format

H.264 / MPEG4 / DivX / JPEG / MKV / FLV / TS

Audio Format

WMA / MP3 / WAV / AAC / FLAC / DSD

AUX Input

Rear

USB Interface

Rear

Control for iPod / iPhone

Yes

Direct Control for Certain Android Phones

Yes

App Radio Mode (Ceased)

No

WebLink

No

SD / SDHC Memory Card Slot

No

Bluetooth

Yes

MIXTRAX

No

Dual Zone Audio / Video

No

Auto EQ

No

Advanced Sound Retriever

No

Time Alignment

Yes

Password Security

No

Back-Up Camera Ready

Yes

EQ

Yes

What’s Good

  • A plethora of Connectivity options
  • Different Screen Sizes to choose from
  • Extra-ordinary Sound Quality

What’s Not

  • Lack of hardware buttons to switch it on/off
  • Getting Alexa to work is a cumbersome process
  • Steep Pricing. A lower-priced model with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes more sense

So the question is should you spend INR 49,990 on a Car Entertainment System? Well, the answer is simple if your car entertainment system doesn’t offer features like Amazon Alexa, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and you need these features then go get it. And if you are satisfied with what you get pre-installed from your carmaker then you rather invest in a Woofer/Bass Tube or component speakers to make the audio experience even better.

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