Pioneer DMH-1500NEX

Pioneer DMH-1500NEX Digital Media Receiver with 7″ WVGA Display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Built in Bluetooth.

Pioneer DMH-1500NEX Review


Looking at double-DIN units, it would be a mistake to overlook the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX. This stereo is far superior to any vehicle’s stock stereo with a larger 7-inch wide touch screen that is incredibly easy to use while on the road.

The Pioneer brand, around since 1937, is known for its reliability and function. A multinational corporation based in Tokyo, Pioneer has continued to distinguish itself in the pure quality of the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX.

This is one stereo that gives you all the modern bells and whistles without costing you a fortune. You can move your vehicle into the modern audio era easily with installation too.

This multimedia receiver offers music streaming and several sound-sculpting features all controlled from your dash. It integrates with your smartphone well with the best voice control.

The Pioneer DMH-1500NEX offers the best of both worlds in entertainment and safety. It connects to audiobooks, podcasts as well as music apps so it’s the perfect road companion for those who spend their lives in the car. All major music apps work on this receiver, including Pandora and Spotify, so there are no worries about finding your favorite.

For those more concerned with safety and navigation, the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX works to help on both. It has a standard hands-free calling and it will read and reply to your text messages for you using voice control. You will never have to touch your phone while driving, enhancing safety.

The larger widescreen has adjustable dimming so you can see it well even in the daytime. At night, you can lower the brightness to avoid eye strain.

There are many unique features and positive things about this receiver that it will take some time to go over all of them. Let’s start by looking at what’s in the box.

What’s in the Box

The Receiver

The digital media receiver with a fixed touchscreen monitor is the primary thing that will be in the box. The receiver itself will not need anything done to it to install it and it is a quick installation.

However, most suggest getting a professional to do it if you aren’t handy with mechanical things. Some places sell this receiver than offer discounts or free installation.

Wiring harness

The wiring harness is key to the installation because it sets the receiver in your car and connects it to your car’s systems. Installing this part correctly is crucial to effectively use your Pioneer receiver.


The external microphone will come with a visor bracket and an attached cable terminated by a right-angled 2.5mm connector. This is important for your voice commands to work correctly with the Pioneer receiver.

Other Items in the Box

There will be several other items in the box that are all important to both the installation and proper functioning of your Pioneer DMH-1500NEX. They include:

  • A 58-inch USB extension cable
  • Installation manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Owner’s manual
  • 6 Counter-sunk ISO screws
  • 6 Pan-head ISO screws
  • Warranty sheet

Key Features

The primary feature of this receiver is the power it delivers to your vehicle’s speakers. Music and audio just sound better because it sounds sharper, more detailed.

The receiver can be personalized for your exact needs, including being able to move icons on the screen. This double-DIN has buttons you can touch. This makes it much easier to use, and safer than the digital buttons other brands use.

The Pioneer DMH-1500NEX connects easily to both Android Auto and Apple Carplay and it’s easy to connect because you just plug it in. The one downfall of the Pioneer is that it doesn’t support wireless carplay, but it makes up for it in the abundance of available apps.

There is a 13-ban graphic equalizer with time alignment to get all you can out of your music. It has Bluetooth installed for audio streaming and hands-free calling along with a built-in internal amp.

There is standard FM/AM radio you can run through the receiver, but the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX doesn’t have a CD player. However, it is SiriusXM ready so you can enjoy many hit shows with the excellent audio quality this receiver provides.

There is also an option for wireless remote control. The weblink gives a connection to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is compatible for those with Android phones while the hands-free with Siri works for those with iPhones.

It plays all types of music files including MP3, WAVE, AAC and WMA files. It can play FLAC with a file range to 192kHz or 24-bit, has pass filters for highs and lows, a retriever for advanced sound, and auto-EQ. The auto-EQ balances the interior without you doing anything, although you need to install an optional mic to use this feature.

This receiver is expandable as it has an USB port in the reare along with two A/V inputs that include a 3.5 mm, and RCA that can be switched to a second camera input. It also has a camera input for the rear, a video output, and preamp outputs for six channels that include a f-volt front, rear and subwoofer.

The Pioneer DMH-1500NEX works with most audio controls that come factory installed on steering wheels, although it requires an adapter. You must have a wired connection to the parking brake to be able to use the receiver’s features and settings. There must be a connection to have a video display.

You can buy a parking brake bypass option that helps while driving as you can be locked out of several functions while on the road with the only solution is to park.


Apple/Android Compatibility

This receiver is completely compatible with either iPhone or Android devices and all the apps that come with them. You do need to plug them in as it doesn’t provide a wireless connection.



It can fit most vehicles as long as you have space. Some will need to order a double-DIN dash kit and a special wire harness to fit certain vehicles. In some vehicles with a top clock, installing this receiver will cause the clock to not function.

You can expand this product to include a backup camera and even another camera in a separate location.

Yes, and you can change the language settings easily.

There is no delay between the Bluetooth connection and the audio.

It is a strong connection and will connect to any Apple or Android device. The connection is so good you can have both audio and video playback. You can see the album information during audio live streaming or playback.

You will need to buy the iDatalink Maestro to keep the controls as they are now. You can still use hands-free calling and everything will be on your touchscreen.

This system comes satellite ready but you will need a SiriusXM Connect vehicle tuner to access all the satellite options. It is sold separately.

Absolutely, you can conduct hands-free calling at the same time as audio streaming. Also, Siri Eyes Free offers high-quality sound through the USB port or Bluetooth. This product is perfect for those wanting several options and not wishing to switch back and forth between functions.

Yes, the video playback is exceptional for such an affordable receiver. The sound of the video is terrific and the multimedia receiver provides clean responsive output.

Final Verdict

The Pioneer DMH-1500NEX is a great system if you want to update your vehicle audio, add a ton of entertainment options and improve safety for an affordable price. Installing isn’t hard and everything comes in the box that you will need.

There are some optional things you may want to buy to make the unit completely user-friendly while driving, but those inconveniences don’t detract from the superior sound and other features this product offers. The fact that the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX has expandable features makes it another solid deal to consider.


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