Hands-on: Wireless CarPlay! Pioneer’s W8400NEX Head Unit

Pioneer's W8400NEX head unit with Wireless CarPlay is fast, and packed with features. Amazon:
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33 Comments on Hands-on: Wireless CarPlay! Pioneer’s W8400NEX Head Unit

    • It would have been cool and seem-less if all you had to do is hover over NFC to pair. You then put your phone down and go.

    • Unfortunately, there aren’t many options for Wireless CarPlay. The only car manufacturer that supports it right now is BMW. My wife has it and it works great. My own car only has the wired version and the act of having to plug it in and unplug it when you leave the car is quite inconvenient. I look forward to the day when all car manufacturers support the wireless version. At least with some cars, you have the option of retrofitting it with units such as this Pioneer one. This wouldn’t work with my car since the built in system is too integrated into the car.

    • Giovanni Torres you can keep your phone charging on a wireless pad or take it without having to deal with cables all the time. This just cleans the setup a tad bit.

    • kev ersatz I don’t understand your point, but regardless I have too much cables and I hate dealing with them all. Wireless is the future of everything, and I’m glad that Apple and Google are headed that way.

  1. is this better / same / worse than Sony XAV AX5000 or 7000 new …. specially for using carplay wirelessly. I know Sony is wired. I am talking about it being snappy.

    • Skibble Dazzle I installed the ax5000 about a month ago. Its good, but I find the touch response a bit laggy in CarPlay mode. It’s noticeable in maps. When using the stock sony OS it does not lag. I have an iPhone X, not sure if its the unit or the iPhone.

    • Sony AX 5000 is an amazing budget friendly unit with capacitive touch screen. I am not sure about carplay issue but everything is smooth with Android auto.

  2. I have a question. I have a 2018 hyundai elantra it has carplay. Can I connect wirelessly?… For now I have connected the phone onto the car and then carplay pops up. Do I have to connect them thru bluetooth? or?… My hyundai has the stock head unit.

    • No it doesn’t work wirelessly. Even though it establishs connection with BT, the actual transfer of data between phone and head unit happens through WiFi Direct. No Hyundai cars launched with this capability.

  3. I have the 4100nex and it’s still flawless. Not using the wire actually seems TERRIBLE though. Bluetooth gives off a weird feedback sound when volume is half way up and no noise. The sound quality of music isn’t the same as connected either. The only thing this has over the 4100nex is the UI is slightly better looking and navigation

    • I upgraded to a w4400nex from a 4100nex. The wireless CarPlay uses Bluetooth to initiate the wireless CarPlay connection but the data flows though a peer to peer WiFi connection. So the sound quality is just as good as a wired connection. Wireless car play only really shines for those that take frequent short trips. Not having to plug in every time is a luxury I really enjoy. I love the new unit. Wireless CarPlay was so much better than I ever thought. Totally seamless.

  4. I don’t understand after Apple announcing turn directions for instrument cluster about three years ago no OEM has implemented it does it require a special licence/chip from Apple or something??

  5. Wireless means no lossless. That’s ok in some on the go headphones, but I want high quality sound in the car.

  6. Question is how much of a battery drain is this wireless CarPlay? Also the pinch to zoom is more than likely a Pioneer issue dealing with the screens capability of sensing two points at once. Anyone who doesn’t like the price tag of $800 should check out the MVH-1400. It takes out the CD player and the sd card slot but who cares right? But get this $350! Yes it isn’t wireless but it’s a capacitive screen and will keep your phone charged.

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