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  1. Dmh-wt8600nex

    Once you have made a Bluetooth/wireless connection to the unit with your phone, you have to actually open CarAVAssist on the headunit FIRST, and then open it on your phone and make a connection. From the home screen, swipe to the source selection screen. It should be towards the bottom. Doing this disables CarPlay or Android Auto which would otherwise prevent the app from communicating with the unit.
  2. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    Everything that is normally locked out while the vehicle is moving. I wouldn’t call it a “hidden menu”, exactly. More like a hidden override setting.
  3. Official AVIC NEX Bypass (AVIC NEX Units Only)

    THANK YOU!!! You just made several people very happy!
  4. Flickering screen / no dimming on DMH-WT8600NEX

    A few of us have had that issue. I had it develop after a couple days with my first unit , but I had it replaced, and the second unit was fine. I’m thinking Pioneer did a crap job of connecting the display cable to the main unit board. I haven’t had any problems with dimming since getting it set up. You have set the dimmer all the way down while the unit is in night mode, haven’t you?
  5. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    I’ll just go ahead and throw out that I’ve had zero problems with wireless CarPlay dropping out or range issues. My only problem with CarPlay is the robotic, poor-quality Siri and phone call voices. Something sounds like it isn’t working correctly for the connection to drop that easily. I’d probably request a replacement. Are you both using the 8600? I’m using a 7600.
  6. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    @Hawknbyrd My initial unit did it. I had it replaced through Crutchfield, and my second unit hasn’t done it at all. My initial thought is it may be related to having to pull the screen connector wire through the unit to make slack, but I’m not sure. I’m sorry to hear that someone else has this issue. That means it could be fairly common.
  7. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    I just completed the update to 1.13. No noticeable fixes on my end. Siri still sounds like garbage. CarAVAssist is a complicated pain in the ass that requires a very precise and intentional workflow that differs based on the function one wants to perform. To update the firmware, there is no need to connect CarAVAssist using the CarAVAssist source on the head unit over Bluetooth. Firmware updates only work over a WiFi hotspot, and must be done from within the Firmware Update menu on the head unit. Here is what I did using iPhone... 1) Assuming you have already setup CarAVAssist between your head unit and phone, open the app on your iPhone, tap “Firmware Updates” and download the new firmware. This step can be done from your house WiFi away from the head unit. The initial CarAVAssist setup alone is a pain in the ass, and is required so your phone knows what head unit you have. If folks need help with this, let me know. 2) This assumes you have already set up the head unit to use the iPhone hotspot. Note that iPhones disable the hotspot after 5 minutes if there are no connections to save battery. Activate your iPhone hotspot by going to Settings/Personal Hotspot and waiting, or by dragging down from the upper right corner for the Control Center, holding your finger on the WiFi icon, and then tapping “Personal Hotspot” to make it discoverable. Wait for the head unit to display the connection notification. 3) Open the CarAVAssist app on your iPhone and go to the Firmware Update Section. 4) On the head unit, go to Settings/System/System Information/Firmware Update and tap “CarAVAssist”. 5) On your iPhone CarAVAssist app, start the installation process.
  8. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    @Dizle No problems with wireless CarPlay or its range. Just the robotic Siri voice and phone calls.
  9. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    @mfvtgtgsWith the 7600, I just forcibly push it. Not tabs or buttons. Interesting about the Siri. I can’t imagine the actual components or hardware are any different, other than the screen. @Dizle, I’d call and report the Siri problem to Pioneer support. I did last week. This may be a problem with the 7600. Hopefully it is a firmware-addressable problem!
  10. Official AVIC NEX Bypass (AVIC NEX Units Only)

    Anyone have any inside information for how to bypass the new NEX models (DMH-WT7600NEX and DMH-WT8600NEX) with the new software? The old trick doesn’t work.
  11. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one with this problem! Yes, the Siri voice and phone calls sound awful... distant, scratchy, and robotic. Navigation sounds fine. I called Pioneer and they blamed Apple, of course, so who knows at this point.
  12. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    With the 7600, it is manual. You have to push and pull it to adjust the angle. Once the screen is attached, you shouldn’t have to detach it. The entire radio and dash kit should be able to be removed with the screen attached. Yeah, I had to look that up. Typical Pioneer, and probably necessary in order to get around CarPlay taking over. I’ve had no problems with audio or CarPlay dropping. No disconnects at all. I AM getting a robotic voice with Siri and phone calls, as Dizle mentioned. Glad to confirm it isn’t my unit! That sounds like a problem unique to your car. This unit takes up about the same depth as any other head unit I’ve owned. I hope so, too. This is intentional behavior for iPhone to conserve battery life.
  13. WT7600NEX & WT8600NEX First Impressions

    The bypass doesn’t seem to work. I tried holding my finger on the bottom left with the source set to OFF. It didn’t work. Not sure about a wired bypass. Hopefully that info is passed down soon!
  14. I received and installed my WT7600NEX yesterday! I went with the 7600 because the 8600 screen would simply be too large to fit between my center vents above and the climate control panel below. The two units are identical other than the screen size. And that screen!!!! I definitely don’t need the 10” screen of the 8600. The 9” screen of the 7600 is PLENTY big enough, and an enormous upgrade in size and pixel density from previous 7” NEX units. It really is gorgeous, and makes the user interface easier. Installation was ALMOST a straight swap for my old W8400NEX. The audio wire harness had to be changed, but that is easy as it is all RCA plugs. The new unit uses USB-C, but includes a C-to-A adapter in the box, so I did have to pull my old USB-A cord to run the included USB-C extension cable. The new NEX software is typical Pioneer. Those familiar with the old NEX software shouldn’t have too difficult a time using the new. Most changes were done to bring the UI up to date and to support new internet-connected features and Alexa. I love the new Home Screen customization options! The live tiles are customizable and swappable. You can have up to four. They can be resized, removed, and replaced with other functions... weather, sports, gauges, climate control, etc. As for aesthetics, there are new dynamic backgrounds with effects that use the colors from the album art within the NEX interface. It’s pretty cool, and a welcome update to the theme colors, which are also still present. Alexa support is serviceable, and more so if you plan to ONLY use Alexa, and not CarPlay or, presumably, Android Auto. I honestly don’t see myself using it much, as it requires temporarily disabling CarPlay to use it. This is done as if it is a separate source. I understand why they do this, and I don’t see a way around it, but it would be nice if I could say and use “Alexa” while using CarPlay. Since 90% of my time is spent with CarPlay, I really don’t expect to use Alexa much, but if that is your ecosystem of choice, you should be happy... ...that is if the unit maintains a good hotspot connection with your smartphone, which it relies on for internet. My iPhone hotspot feature seems to go to sleep, and I have to go to the iPhone hotspot setting to wake it up before I use it. My biggest nitpick isn’t really a nitpick, but more of an “oh, shit, they got me!” Pioneer does not advertise built-in navigation with these new WT NEXs. I didn’t really look for it, as I just expected a $1000 head-unit at the top of the NEX range to have it. Alas, they do not have built-in navigation. Now realistically, this isn’t a big deal for most, as pretty much any nav app on CarPlay or Android Auto blows away the stock nav system... and has free rolling updates! But those who live in or travel to more rural areas will need to take note, less you go to use your preferred navigation app only to be confronted with a blank grid due to a lack of cell coverage. Leaving built-in nav out seems both skimpy and forward-thinking at the same time on a unit of this stature. Let me know if anyone has any questions!
  15. Yes, the software bypass works the same as it always has on the W8400NEX.