New Pioneer CD Receivers now support third-party multimedia applications with Pioneer Advanced Remote Control (ARC)

Pioneer Gulf FZE–Pioneer Electronics -A leader in aftermarket car audio, today launched its proprietary all-in-one car multimedia application, the Pioneer Advanced Remote Control (ARC), which allows users to access various multimedia sources (radio, third party music apps and even video) via a centralized user interface. The Pioneer ARC is compatible with IOS and Android smartphones, and can be used with Pioneer’s 2016 line of CD receivers.

Seven new CD receivers in various configurations are available: DEH-X6850BT, DEH-X4850FD, DEH-X4850BT, DEH-X3850UI, DEH-X2850UI, DEH-X1853UB and DEH-X1850UB. All models combine superb sound quality with best-in-class smartphone connectivity synonymous with the Pioneer brand, while significantly enhancing third-party application compatibility and user convenience.

“We have designed the Pioneer ARC app to deliver a more seamless and complete in-car entertainment experience. When used with our latest receivers, drivers and passengers can enjoy audio with greater finesse from a broader selection of content, extending beyond just music and other traditional audio sources,” said Mr. ‘Muralidhar Masala, General Manager, Product Planning & Marketing Department, Pioneer Gulf FZE.




Today, traditional USB connection is limited to rudimentary music playback, but with the introduction of Pioneer ARC and Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) support, Pioneer is able to push the boundaries in terms of third-party application compatibility and user convenience.

  • Pioneer ARC – For iPhone and Android smartphones, this free application offers a complete in-car entertainment solution, optimised for accessing content from both the receiver and connected device via USB. Android phone owners also have the flexibility to go completely wireless by utilizing a Bluetooth connection.

    1A complete entertainment solution that integrates selection, access and playback control of audio and multimedia content. For video playback, video is displayed on the smartphone while the audio feed is routed to the head unit and played back through the car’s speakers. Please refer to for more information.
    2Use of this function requires Pioneer ARC app to be installed in the smartphone. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch installed with iOS 8.0 or later version, and with iPhone 5 or later model.
    3Compatible with devices installed with Android OS 4.1 or later version, and which also support Bluetooth SPP (Serial Port Profile) and AOA (Android Open Accessory) 2.0.
    Through its intuitive graphical interface, users can conveniently select all audio sources like FM radio, browse and playback music files, as well as access YouTube and other popular content. It is also possible to view handy textual information like album, artist and folder names from the head unit, on top of navigating the app’s menu directly by utilizing the on-board dial and buttons (two-way control).
  • AOA2.0 – Integrating this communication protocol enables the receivers to receive audio signals from a compatible Android smartphone, leveraging a USB-over-audio function. This provides similar third-party application compatibility like Pioneer ARC.


4Compatible with devices installed with Android OS 4.1 or later version.

The newly incorporated USB Auto On-Off function lets users recharge their smartphones. Switching it on automatically initiates music playback via the device when it is connected to the USB port. With the feature enabled, users can charge their smartphones and listen to music on their devices at the same time. When the function is disabled, users can charge their devices and continue enjoying other sources of music, such as CD, FM radio, and Bluetooth audio, without interruption.


All 2016 Pioneer CD receivers have been upgraded to a 13-digit LCD screen, which is not only useful for displaying long song titles without scrolling, but also for reflecting active Bluetooth connection like audio streaming and hands-free voice call.


Also demonstrating Pioneer’s unique expertise in audio technology to bring the finest listening pleasure are:

    Pioneer’s revolutionary MIXTRAX® virtual DJ technology transforms a music library into a nonstop DJ mix, inserting transitions and effects automatically to string together tunes from an iPhone, iPod or USB storage device. To truly recreate a club experience, users can also set the illumination and display to pulsate and change colour, according to the tempo and intensity of the music.
  • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR)
    ASR compensates for the shortcomings of compressed audio formats, such as MP3, by restoring the original clarity and nuances of music as the artist intended it.
  • Comprehensive Music File Support
    All Pioneer receivers are compatible with most of the popular music file formats available today.
  • Two-phone Bluetooth Pairing
    All Bluetooth-enabled Pioneer receivers are equipped to allow up to two phones to be connected simultaneously for hands-free voice calls.
  • Wireless Audio Browsing
    Once connected by Bluetooth, drivers can search their music library through the head unit display without touching their iOS and Android smartphone, leading to greater user convenience and a safer drive.
Transmission methodBluetooth standard Ver.4.0
OutputBluetooth standard Power Class 2
Maximum communication distanceApprox. 10 m (without obstruction)3
Frequency band used2.4 GHz band (2.4000 GHz to 2.4835 GHz)4
Modulation methodFHSS (Frequency-hopping spread spectrum)
Supported Bluetooth profilesA2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Supported codecsSBC, AAC
Supported content protectionSCMS-T method
Power sourceDC3.7 V built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Multi pairingUp to 8 units
Battery timeContinuous communication: Max. 15 hours (including music playback time)
Continuous standby timeMax. 200 hours
Charging timeApprox. 3 hours
TypeFully-enclosed dynamic
Driver diameter40 mm
Weight (without cord)160 g
AccessoriesMicro USB cable

Available only for Pioneer receivers with built-in Bluetooth connectivity.
6Requires iOS and Android devices compatible with AVRCP version 1.5.*Please add for both IOS and Android.

Additional notes:
iRead the product’s operation manual as well as all instructions and cautions provided with the Pioneer ARC app and available content before use.
iiDo not use your Pioneer system if doing so will divert your attention in any way from the safe operation of your vehicle. Always observe safe driving rules. In some countries, certain operations of devices while driving may be illegal. Where such regulations apply, they must be obeyed.
iiiPioneer does not guarantee compatibility with all USB mass storage devices and assumes no responsibilities for any loss of data on media players, smartphones, or other devices while using the receiver.
ivBluetooth® functionality requires a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Certain Bluetooth features may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices or by certain wireless carriers.
vPioneer CD and Digital Media Receivers are for selected Android smartphones only. Compatibility varies by Android smartphone. Please check with local Pioneer authorised dealers for more information.
viPIONEER and MIXTRAX are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
viiApple®, iPhone® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
viiiAndroid™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
ixiOS® is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
xBLUETOOTH® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

About Pioneer Gulf FZE Ltd

The Middle East arm of Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer Gulf FZE, (PGF)’s core business covers the audio and video industries with a diversified range of products in the Car Entertainment Arena. In line with the corporate group philosophy “ Move the heart and Touch the soul “, PGF aims to continuously touch people’s lives by introducing innovative products that will raise entertainment to the level of pure emotion.
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