Pioneer Reveals Details Of Its Budget-Friendly MVH-S120UBW Headunit
There's a common misconception about aftermarket in car audio equipment, and that's that it's incredibly expensive.
While it's undoubtedly true that looking to the upper reaches of the headunit world can result in a steep bill, there's plenty of choice to be had for those with more modest budgets to spend, and this rings especially true when discussing the Pioneer range.
The firm's latest addition to its already impressively large range is the MVH-S120UBW, a feature-packed unit that costs far less than you might think.
Headunits are most people's introduction into the massive world of aftermarket in car audio equipment, while also serving as the focal point of any large scale install. They're undoubtedly important then, but they can also be expensive purchases, all too often surrounded by complex and confusing buzzwords and phrases – precisely what first time buyers don't want.
Pioneer's decision to develop the MVH-S120UBw was based on a desire to reverse this trend and to be able to offer a feature-heavy unit at a very competitive price point, hence why it costs less than £70, a figure which makes it one of the most affordable units currently on sale.
A low price shouldn't mean sacrificing key functions however, and anyone that's bought Pioneer hardware before won't be too surprised to learn that despite its modest asking price, the MVH-S120UBW still boasts an impressive array of features.
Specifically designed for digital music, the MVH-S120UBW can be easily connected to Android smartphones via the USB or Aux-In ports on its face, allowing buyers to listen to their music, and all while charging their phone's battery at the same time.
The unit's ability to readily accept USB sticks means that music stored in this versatile format can also be played, giving individuals that opportunity to access a library of tracks while on the move.
The MVH-S120UBW packs another function that's a relative rarity at this price point, one designed to enable swift optimisation with Android smartphones, Pioneer Advanced Remote Control – ARC. Pioneer ARC is based around an Android only app, one that effectively converts the phone in question into a powerful touchscreen remote. This means that, once safely docked in a cradle, the phone can be used to control key headunit functions, displays and settings, as well as popular entertainment applications such as Spotify and other popular third party offerings, and all in a manner that's both safe and legal.
Despite being an FM-only headunit, the MVH-S120UBW digitally-focused development means that it can be used to tune into one of 24 present digital FM radio stations, effectively giving users the chance to enjoy their radio station of choice in a more polished form.
Volume and sound quality are both well covered by the MVH-S120UBW, its quartet of 50w MOSFET power able to emit rich, deep bass and high-quality audio reproduction. It's also been designed with further audio expansion in mind, hence the RCA output located at the back of the unit. This allows for the swift and simple installation of an extra subwoofer or amplifier, vastly increasing the audio potency of any car it's installed within.
Pioneer's MVH-S120UBW is a highly significant product then, one that brings advanced in car audio functionality to those on more modest budgets. It proves that being unwilling or unable to spend many hundreds (indeed thousands) of pounds on headunits needn't be a barrier to supreme audio while on the move, and should therefore be considered by anyone serious about in car audio technology.