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  1. 2017 NEX models seem to be the same as 2016

    It appears they said "you get a camera and a new product name" and left it at that.
  2. 2017 NEX models seem to be the same as 2016

    USB 3.0/3.1 ports, digital out, higher resolution screen. Don't know if the CPU/RAM config has changed, but I know my 4100 could have benefited greatly from higher performance in reading large capacity SD/USB drives.
  3. From what I can tell, the only difference appears to be a bundled camera. Disappointing.
  4. I'm happy to report that after installing the AVH-4100NEX, it performs noticeably better than the AVH-X2800BS. Thus far (I'm still compiling the music) I've tested it with 650GB comprising over 30,000 files (about 90% FLAC, otherwise MP3) spread over an SD card and two USB sticks, all of which are 256GB capacity and FAT32. I'm going to continue pushing the capacity limits. The touchscreen responds pretty much immediately upon full boot, unlike the 2800. It also starts playback from the SD/SB inputs in about half the time. It still takes about a minute before it will start playing music, which is still a lot longer than I'd like, but much improved over the 2800. Hopefully in the future Pioneer or another maker will start using USB 3.0/3.1 inputs and upgrade the internal hardware to something more akin to a smartphone; my 3 1/2 year old Galaxy S4 has no lag loading up a 128GB of music on a MicroSD card, which the 4100 fails to do with the same card. However, I'm thrilled to have roughly 3,000 CDs on tap in my car with no physical media to mess with! Moral of the story is that if budget is tight and you don't have more than 15K files to load up, the AVH-X2800BS is a decent head unit for a bit over $200. But if you can swing the extra $ and have greater file usage needs, a NEX unit is worth it. I've detected no difference in sound quality with my Rainbow 6.5" components & Butler tube amp + Alpine sub & Eclipse sub amp, but the snappier hardware and vastly increased inputs have made it a BIG upgrade to me, pushing me far closer to the dream of having every song I could want to hear on-hand at all times.
  5. Hi, I currently have the AVH-X2800BS, but I might be getting the AVH-4100NEX from my brother in law for a low price. I'm very excited about the prospect of dual USB + SD card for music storage, plus the other additional features. The X2800BS is a decent unit, but there are a couple issues I'm wondering are present in the 4100: After starting the car, it takes about 30 seconds before it will respond to any user input. This is particularly annoying when I forget to turn down the volume before shutting off the car, because on startup it stays at the same volume, and if it's too loud, I have to sit there with it blaring loud for a while before it responds to my pressing the volume buttons. The 10 year old Eclipse navigation unit it replaced did not suffer from this. I have a 256GB USB @ FAT32 stick with a bit over 14,000 files and about 1,000 folders, mostly FLAC, but some MP3 and a few other compatible music formats. No other files of any kind, just music and folders. I have also used FAT Sorter to get the proper A-Z file reading. Most tags have been removed, only track name and artist remain. I strictly use file browser mode. A couple issues: after letting the head unit create and save a database of the USB stick, every time I start the car, it takes over 2 minutes before it will play any music from the stick. Also, scrolling down the among the files & folders is laggy, both in terms of the screen responding to my finger, and waiting for the folders to be displayed. Any input, anyone? I'm hoping the 4100 performs better at these issues than the much cheaper X2800BS. I'm concerned that having both USBs and the SD slot jammed full of music will bring it to its knees. Thanks!
  6. Upgrading NEX4000 to NEX4100 - Work in Progress

    Does this mean having the Play Store, root access, overclock, etc.? I wonder if anything can be done about the number files/folders limitation?
  7. I've always assumed the limit was per input. Waiting several minutes for the unit to read the drives sounds awful, though. I put 10K+ files (FLAC + MP3) on a 128GB Micro SD card in my 2 year old Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and it took my music app about a minute to read them the first time, but has been instantaneous every time since. I can understand a delay on first connection, but it's pretty weak that the Pioneer struggles with this every time.
  8. Can anyone verify if the file/folder limit is the combined total for the device or whether it's per input?
  9. Yes, the 15K/1.5K limitation is a letdown, as I'd like to have at least double that capacity. The Clarion VX405 claims to support 65,535 folders/65,535 files via USB, but I don't know if that's a theoretical limit - it could bog down after 1,000 files. Ideally I'd be able to have my entire PC music collection (about 100K files, mostly FLAC) on tap in the car, but the only other way to do that would be a CarPC, but that's more complicated and more difficult to access my lifetime SiriusXM account. I wonder if the 15K/1.5K limitation is a hardware or software limitation?
  10. GIGANTIC 512GB HP USB Flash Drive

    I would double check that after you copy all the files onto it. I've read that there are lots of fake drives out there that claim to be bigger than they really are. What people have reported is that it looks like it's copied all the files, but they cannot be read after that. According to HP's site, that model only goes up to 64GB. The Kingston 512GB drive is over $700.
  11. what is the optimal usb and ssd drive type/size

    Think there's any chance Pioneer will listen to us regarding the sorting & gapless issues?
  12. what is the optimal usb and ssd drive type/size

    I have resigned myself to the assumption that a HDD won't work, but when I get the 4000 I will still give it a go, even if it means leaving it attached overnight to try and get it to finish. If it doesn't work, I will just have to "suffer" with using the 64GB and 16GB USB sticks and 32GB SD card I already have, augmented by the 80 or so CDs I have on-hand until I can budget for the SSDs. This still represents a huge increase in available music compared to my current CD-only setup, so not a bad scenario to start with, and massive storage to be added down the road. I hadn't thought about the idea of gapless playback, but if that's a tradeoff for having such prodigious music choices, I can live with it. There's tradeoffs in everything; I've been considering a CarPC instead of a head unit, which would solve all music storage/playback issues, but would be even more expensive and complicated to implement. Even worse, it would limit SiriusXM to app or browser playback via wireless data connection, which is iffy at best in a lot of places, and I can't compromise on not having continual access to Howard Stern.
  13. what is the optimal usb and ssd drive type/size

    It's a 500GB HDD with 14,999 files and 1,421 folders, totaling 370GB of FLAC files.
  14. what is the optimal usb and ssd drive type/size

    I left the drive with them and they said it sat at 99% for over two hours, after taking about 20 minutes to get to 99%. Do you think it could really take THAT long? I'm wondering if an SSD would do the initial load any quicker, or if the lag is based on the the head unit processing the list. Any thoughts about whether it might work any better on FAT32 vs NTFS?
  15. what is the optimal usb and ssd drive type/size

    Yeah, I really thought it would work, as it should have had plenty of power. It's NTFS, so I might give it another try on FAT32. It could be that the display unit in the store has an issue or the drive itself, although the drive works fine with every PC it's been attached to. It also didn't work with both USB connectors plugged into the 4000. Ultimately, I'm sure it will work with a pair of big SSDs, but that will add over $400 to the total cost.