When bad really means good and dope means cool, it’s no surprise that we seem to have adapted to using things that are labelled for one thing but do something entirely different. It’s a funny thing this world we live in. Pioneer, no slouch when it comes to innovation, has launched a flagship version of its new in car CD tuner, the DEH-9300SD and positively revels in telling us about all the other things this CD tuner does other than playing CDs.
There’s an SD card port (which is also SDHC compatible) discreetly hidden behind the front panel which will play a host of file formats including WAV, WMA, AAC and of course MP3, a front loading USB input which will, once it is connected via an optional CD-IW cable, play your iPod/iPhone music and charge it at the same time. Marvellous.
And the good stuff just keeps on coming. The DEH-9300SD’s built in software has a music browser function which will automatically read the music from all the connected media and list it alphabetically by artist, album, track or genre. Not only that, it will also let you tag music on your iPod or iPhone as you listen to FM, so you can buy your tagged tune and download it when you’re next online. To take this cutting edge technology even further, you can use the ‘App’ mode to listen to sounds and music from your apps including internet radio, as long as the app supports analogue radio output.
The DEH-9300SD with its built in MOSFET 50×4 amp, 5 band graphic equalizer and full dot OEL display is a generous piece of kit for any car audio devotee, but what of the humble CD? Fear not, for buried deep in the bowels of the DEH-9300SD, behind the flip-open front panel (so no one will spot you being so retro), the CD slot lies waiting for its disc. Sadly, I fear it is for a long wait.
The DEH-9300SD and the smaller DEH-8300SD are available from January at Pioneer Car Audio Dealerships.